Professional master’s degrees fill void

September 29, 2016

Seeking to advance, restart or transform your career?

Simon Fraser University can help. The University has expanded its designated ‘professional’ master’s programs in niche areas, with more planned in the coming years.

These programs extend beyond the traditional research focus of most master’s programs to target today’s job market, where highly trained personnel with solid training are in demand.

While SFU has long offered professional graduate programs, such as the Master of Business AdministrationMaster of Engineering or Master of Education, the ‘professional’ designation “suggests a closer alignment of education with the careers in which students will apply their knowledge,” says Wade Parkhouse, dean and associate provost, SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

“These professional master’s degrees have been created in consultation with industry, organizations and the professions to identify the interdisciplinary skills these graduates will need to immediately have an impact in their careers.”

It’s a sensible move. There is a growing market of working adults who require continuous professional upgrading. Meeting their needs is an ideal way for universities to extend their research knowledge and expertise further into the community while also addressing declining undergraduate enrolment.

This semester, SFU is offering four professional master’s degrees—in terrorism, risk and security studies; heritage resource management; mechatronic product realization; and big data.

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Diane Luckow