New survey: The 2022 Niche Grad Searcher Survey

June 1, 2022 — PITTSBURGH Niche, the leading platform connecting students and families with colleges and schools, has just released a new survey of 6,348 people searching for graduate school programs. The Niche Grad Searcher Survey was conducted in 2022 for the second year in a row.

The survey covered a broad range of topics including the searchers’ reasons for applying to grad school, preferences regarding on-campus versus online programs, and search timeline (i.e. before, during, or after undergraduate study). In addition to insights around the searchers and what they’re looking for in general, the results identify specific differences between programs, or sentiments unique to searchers interested in a certain type of program.

“Our survey of graduate program searchers sheds a lot of light on why people choose to go to grad school. A lot of searchers are doing so because it’s required for their preferred path, of course, but there are a significant number of career changers.” said Will Patch, Senior Enrollment Insights Leader. “Of the searchers pursuing a second degree, 42% are looking outside of their current field. Some may already be doing that type of work, but we shouldn’t underestimate people wanting a new challenge and look to a certificate, Master’s, or doctoral degree to help them get there.”

The survey results show that searchers who are looking for a graduate program because they want a career change are most often looking for MBA, business, and law programs. Timing of the search can also reveal which programs are most popular among searchers potentially trying to change fields. Half of potential data science program students didn’t start their search until after graduation, and 48% of potential MBA students reported the same.

Other key takeaways include:

The 6,348 completed and qualified responses were collected between March 11, 2022 and April 17, 2022. The survey was sent to registered graduate program searching users on Niche and posted to the site during this period.

The results can be viewed in full here: 

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