Why has North­eastern Uni­ver­sity opened two cam­puses in recent years far from its name­sake geo­graphic region?

What would drive a well-​​regarded school in Boston to open branches in the Pacific North­west (Seattle) and the South (Char­lotte, N.C.)?

North­eastern, it turns out, is making a big play in master’s degrees. The uni­ver­sity is a prime example of a trend toward the master’s illus­trated in a story in Sunday’s Post.

In 2004, North­eastern awarded 1,078 master’s degrees. By 2012, fed­eral data show, the total had risen to 3,122. That’s a 190 per­cent increase.

The tra­di­tional two pil­lars for higher edu­ca­tion have been under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion and PhD research,” said North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

But he said there is a vast market of pro­fes­sionals who want to enhance their knowl­edge and skills, including in Seattle and Char­lotte. The master’s degree is the best way to help them, he said, with spe­cial­ties in fields such as cyber­se­cu­rity, health care and biotechnology.

Read the article at The Washington Post →