טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentLahav Taly
SubjectThe Relation between Motivation for Graduate Studies and
the Effectiveness of the Masters Degree for
Students and Graduates in Differ
Study Programs
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisor Professor Albert Goldberg


Abstract

The prevalence of higher education in Israel since the beginning of the nineties has been very high, and is constantly increasing.

The objective of this research was to examine the effectiveness of the Masters degree as percieved by students and graduates. The study investigates three different aspects: the effect of the Masters studies on the students’ professional life, on the student’s self-development and on the Technion’s reputation.

The variables tested were the motivation to study, the student’s background, the characterization of the various program syllabuses, the theory of Strategic-Reference-Points, and evaluation of study programs.

The research sample consisted of 302 individuals from the Faculty of Industrial and Management Engineering at the Technion. The research tool was a self-filled questionnaire.

Differences were found between the different study programs in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering with regard to the contribution of the Masters degree to self-development, Technion’s reputation and the contribution of the degree to professional development. The findings of this investigation evoke several practical considerations that can lead to changes in the programs to better fit the students’ expectations. The investigation data is important with regard to differences between different study programs. These data, in addition to the conclusion drawn that show that internal motivation is more important that external motivation can serve as an aid to planners of future study programs.