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Grad school enrollment down at U of M

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC/AP) -- The number of students enrolling in graduate school at the University of Minnesota is declining, which officials say mirrors a national trend.

Enrollment in master's and doctorate programs at the Twin Cities campus has dropped more than 9 percent over the past five years, according to the university's numbers.

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt is acting dean of graduate education. She tells the Star Tribune the sagging enrollment can be traced to the economic downturn. She says it changed not only how much money people are willing to spend on advanced degrees, but also their views on debt and job prospects.

A recent report from the Council of Graduate Schools says nationally, graduate enrollment fell 2.3 percent in 2012 from the previous year.

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