4 out of 10 master’s places are empty due to lack of demand

The Court of Auditors has published a report that shows that there is a mismatch between the offer of masters in public universities and demand. According to the data presented, public universities cover 61% of available places of new income, so that there is almost 40% unfilled due to lack of students.

The “Public Universities Examination Report” analyzes the profitability of the degrees offered from the data of the 2012-2013 academic year in the 47 public universities and distance education (UNED and UOC) and the special UIMP and UNIA .

The Court of Accounts justifies this data due to the high number of degrees approved in 2012, the year in which 219 master’s degrees were registered. The document confirms that the offer of new master’s places has doubled between the 2008-2009 and 2012-2013 courses.

The lack of students is especially alarming in the postgraduate courses in Science, where 50% of the offered positions are deserted. On the other hand, the places of new entrance in the masters of Sciences of the Health reach 69%, whereas in Social and Legal Sciences they represent 65%.

As for online universities, the percentage of enrollments increases significantly, with an average occupancy of 86%. In some cases, such as Arts and Humanities masters, the demand far exceeds the offer, with 217%.

By regions, the Community of Madrid is the one that presents more enrolled students in proportion to the places offered, with 98%, however, in the Balearic Islands, masters and postgraduates only manage to fill 30% of the classrooms. Above average are the Valencian Community (67%), Galicia (65%) and Extremadura (62%). And below, La Rioja, Navarra and Asturias (60%), Catalonia (59%), Andalusia and the Basque Country (57%), Murcia (51%), Castilla y León (49%), Aragón and Castilla-La Mancha (46%), Canary Islands (42%) and Cantabria (41%).

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