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Are there really less than 700 HES Master's grads?

I was curious about what my eventual thesis will need to look like, and was browsing those listed in HOLLIS for HES graduates.

I was surprised to find that there were less than 700, and that they started appearing in the system in 2007. Is it accurate that the program has only existed for a decade, and that there are this few Master's grads?

If so, that seems like a real badge of distinction worth calling out for those of you who have graduated.


  • MCM223MCM223 Posts: 9
    Only some of the ALM programs requires a thesis for graduation. Most of the professional programs aren't research oriented and have a capstone project, and one of the most popular programs (Management) doesn't even have that. That's likely why there's less HOLLIS results than you'd expect. Having said that, I don't think they publish completion rate metrics so it's hard to say what the exact breakdown is. But glancing through the commencement pictures, it seems like the professional degrees like Info Sys and Management comprise the majority of the degrees granted.
  • ALMWhoALMWho Posts: 3
    This is really helpful; at some point I mistakenly thought I needed a thesis for a Management ALM, so a large imaginary weight just disappeared off my plate.
  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    Hey. Please register with a Harvard email address. Thanks!
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