Over the years, interest in pursuing advanced education has always been high. However, the degrees advanced students have been seeking have seen quite a shift in the last 30 to 40 years.
In 1971, education was the most popular master's degree according to the U.S. Department of Education. Only about one quarter of the amount of students interested in studying education were interested in pursuing in MBA at the time.
Fast forward to 2012, when the U.S. Department of Education revealed that a business degree had become more popular than one in education, signaling a shift in mentality towards the importance of having an MBA.
This accelerated growth of interest in MBA programs has spawned a variety of new opportunities, from do-it-yourself programs offered online, to Executive Program options for workers who don't want to leave their day job.
Even Brown University has recognized the need for more options and as of 2015 will be offering a joint program with the IE Business School in Spain.
With the tech boom and today's flourishing startup economy, it comes as no surprise that people are turning to MBAs to fulfill their advanced academic needs.