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Graduate student enrollment in the United States dropped last year, according to a recent article in The Chronicle. But now, in Stetson University’s Executive MBA program, the numbers are higher than ever.

The article points to a study, Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2000 to 2010, which shows that new student enrollment fell 1.1 percent between fall 2009 and fall 2010. It had increased 5.5 percent in the prior year.

Students in Stetson's Cohort 9 are preparing for an increasingly demanding job market.

Similarly, enrollment in Stetson University Executive MBA’s Cohort 8 was down in fall 2010, at 21% below Cohort 7, which began in fall 2009. But Cohort 9 (fall 2011) is up 67% over that of the students’ predecessors in Cohort 8, making Cohort 9 the program’s largest class to date.

The students in the current two cohorts (8 and 9) also have more diversity in their corporate background than any previous cohort. The companies they represent include Genworth Financial, Press World Co., Partners Federal Credit Union, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, FedEx, Westgate Resorts, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Waldorf Astoria/Hilton, Shades of Green, State Farm Insurance and Kaplan University.

In The Chronicle article, Debra W. Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, pointed out the U.S. Department of Labor prediction that 2.5 million more jobs will require advanced degrees by 2018. As cohorts 8 and 9 graduate over the coming year and a half, Stetson University will be proud to add those students’ names to the list of professionals qualified for rigorous positions.

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