Getting in and getting out: Predicting the likelihood of graduation of master’s program students

Anna Lukkarinen, Paula Koivukangas

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We assess the predictors of the likelihood that a student will graduate from
the master’s program of a business university. We use data from three years
of a master’s program, totaling 455 students. The methods used are bivariate
tests and logistic regression analysis. We find that the likelihood of a student
graduating from the master’s program is positively related to the student i)
holding their previous degree from business, as opposed to another field, ii)
moving from another country to take the master’s program, and iii) taking up
a master’s program with a qualitative, rather than quantitative, orientation.
Interestingly, we find no evidence to suggest that whether a student’s
previous degree is from a research university or from a practically oriented
polytechnic would be related to the student’s odds of graduating. The results
are relevant for master’s program teachers who can benefit from taking into
account their students’ varying backgrounds, and for people responsible for
planning the selection criteria and implementation of master’s programs. The
results are also encouraging for polytechnic students who are contemplating
taking further studies at a research university.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances
EditorsJoseph Domenech i Soria, Maria Maria Cinta Vincent Vela, Elena de la Poza, Desamparados Blazquez
Place of PublicationValencia, Spain
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-9048-590-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances - Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 21 Jun 201723 Jun 2017
Conference number: 3


ConferenceInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
Abbreviated titleHEAd
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  • Admission criteria
  • Completion of studies
  • Graduation
  • Master’s program
  • Master’s studies
  • Polytechnic


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