Research in Higher Education

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 251–272 | Cite as

Credentialism among graduate students

  • Martha McGinty Stodt
  • Wagner ThielensJr.


Writers on higher education frequently assume that American undergraduate and graduate students enroll mainly to obtain credentials, and care little about acquiring competence. An exploratory study of students entering four elite fields found that most soughtboth credentials and competence. “Empty” credentials appealed to some, but stiff competition within their chosen occupations evidently led the great majority of students to seek every advantage that graduate education could provide.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha McGinty Stodt
    • 1
  • Wagner ThielensJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityUSA

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