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Table 287. Master's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2009-10
Field of study 1970-71 1975-76 1980-81 1985-86 1990-91 1995-96 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Total 235,564 317,477 302,637 295,850 342,863 412,180 446,038 463,185 473,502 487,313 518,699 564,272 580,151 599,731 610,597 630,666 662,079 693,025
Agriculture and natural resources 2,457 3,340 4,003 3,801 3,295 4,551 4,376 4,360 4,272 4,503 4,492 4,783 4,746 4,640 4,623 4,684 4,877 5,211
Architecture and related services 1,705 3,215 3,153 3,260 3,490 3,993 4,235 4,268 4,302 4,566 4,925 5,424 5,674 5,743 5,951 6,065 6,587 7,280
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 1,032 993 802 915 1,233 1,652 1,439 1,544 1,555 1,541 1,509 1,683 1,755 2,080 1,699 1,778 1,779 1,775
Biological and biomedical sciences 5,625 6,457 5,766 5,064 4,834 6,593 6,966 6,850 7,017 7,011 7,050 7,732 8,284 8,781 8,898 9,689 10,017 10,725
Business 26,490 42,592 57,888 66,676 78,255 93,554 106,830 111,532 115,602 119,725 127,685 139,347 142,617 146,406 150,211 155,637 168,375 177,684
                                     
Communication, journalism, and related programs 1,770 2,961 2,896 3,500 4,123 5,080 5,319 5,169 5,218 5,510 6,053 6,535 6,762 7,244 6,773 6,915 7,092 7,636
Communications technologies 86 165 209 308 204 481 263 356 427 470 442 365 433 501 499 631 475 463
Computer and information sciences 1,588 2,603 4,218 8,070 9,324 10,579 12,843 14,990 16,911 17,173 19,509 20,143 18,416 17,055 16,232 17,087 17,907 17,953
Education 87,666 126,061 96,713 74,816 87,352 104,936 118,226 123,045 127,829 135,189 147,883 162,345 167,490 174,620 176,572 175,880 178,564 182,139
Engineering 16,813 16,472 16,893 21,529 24,454 26,789 24,682 24,772 25,174 24,838 28,251 32,554 32,488 30,848 29,299 31,557 34,546 35,088
                                     
Engineering technologies 134 328 323 617 996 2,054 2,007 1,876 2,013 2,149 2,332 2,499 2,500 2,541 2,690 2,873 3,455 4,258
English language and literature/letters 10,441 8,599 5,742 5,335 6,784 7,657 7,326 7,022 6,763 7,097 7,428 7,956 8,468 8,845 8,742 9,161 9,261 9,201
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 1,452 2,179 2,570 2,011 1,541 1,712 1,764 1,882 1,838 1,683 1,607 1,794 1,827 1,983 2,080 2,199 2,453 2,580
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 5,480 4,432 2,934 2,690 3,049 3,443 3,109 3,037 3,035 3,075 3,049 3,124 3,407 3,539 3,443 3,565 3,592 3,755
Health professions and related programs 5,330 12,164 16,176 18,603 21,354 33,920 40,628 42,593 43,623 43,560 42,748 44,939 46,703 51,380 54,531 58,120 62,620 69,084
                                     
Homeland security, law enforcement, and
   firefighting
194 1,197 1,538 1,074 1,108 1,812 2,248 2,609 2,514 2,935 2,956 3,717 3,991 4,277 4,906 5,760 6,128 6,714
Legal professions and studies 955 1,442 1,832 1,924 2,057 2,751 3,291 3,750 3,829 4,053 4,141 4,243 4,170 4,453 4,486 4,815 5,150 5,734
                                     
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
   and humanities
885 2,633 2,375 1,586 2,213 2,778 3,094 3,256 3,193 2,754 3,314 3,697 3,680 3,702 3,634 3,797 3,728 3,804
Library science 7,001 8,037 4,859 3,564 4,763 5,099 4,764 4,577 4,727 5,113 5,295 6,015 6,213 6,448 6,767 7,162 7,091 7,448
Mathematics and statistics 5,191 3,857 2,567 3,131 3,549 3,651 3,304 3,208 3,209 3,350 3,620 4,191 4,477 4,730 4,884 4,980 5,211 5,634
Military technologies and applied sciences 2 0 43 83 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 202 0 3 0
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 924 1,283 2,356 2,869 2,079 2,713 3,035 3,418 3,413 3,634 3,721 3,972 4,167 4,391 4,611 5,165 5,225 5,973
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 218 571 643 570 483 1,684 2,001 2,322 2,354 2,580 2,978 3,199 3,740 3,992 4,110 4,440 4,822 5,617
Philosophy and religious studies 1,326 1,358 1,231 1,193 1,471 1,363 1,351 1,376 1,386 1,371 1,578 1,578 1,647 1,739 1,716 1,879 1,859 2,043
Physical sciences and science technologies 6,336 5,428 5,246 5,860 5,281 5,910 5,241 4,888 5,134 5,082 5,196 5,714 5,823 6,063 6,012 6,061 5,862 6,063
                                     
Precision production 0 0 0 0 0 8 7 5 2 2 3 13 6 9 5 3 10 10
Psychology 5,717 10,167 10,223 9,845 11,349 15,152 15,560 15,740 16,539 16,357 17,161 17,898 18,830 19,770 21,037 21,431 23,415 23,752
Public administration and social services 7,785 15,209 17,803 15,692 17,905 24,229 25,038 25,594 25,268 25,448 25,903 28,250 29,552 30,510 31,131 33,029 33,933 35,729
Social sciences and history 16,539 15,953 11,945 10,564 12,233 15,012 14,396 14,066 13,791 14,112 14,630 16,110 16,952 17,369 17,665 18,495 19,240 20,222
Theology and religious vocations 7,747 8,964 11,061 11,826 10,498 10,909 10,203 11,663 9,876 10,104 10,493 10,818 11,348 11,758 12,436 12,578 12,836 12,824
                                     
Transportation and materials moving 0 0 0 454 406 919 713 697 756 709 765 728 802 784 985 982 1,048 1,074
Visual and performing arts 6,675 8,817 8,629 8,420 8,657 10,280 10,762 10,918 11,404 11,595 11,982 12,906 13,183 13,530 13,767 14,164 14,918 15,552
Not classified by field of study 0 0 0 0 8,523 780 1,017 1,802 528 24 0 0 0 0 0 84 0 0
NOTE: Data through 1990-91 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. (See Appendix A: Guide to Sources for details.) The new Classification of Instructional Programs was initiated in 2009-10. The figures for earlier years have been reclassified when necessary to make them conform to the new taxonomy. To facilitate trend comparisons, certain aggregations have been made of the degree fields as reported in the IPEDS "Completions Survey": "Agriculture and natural resources" includes Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences and Natural resources and conservation; "Business" includes Business, management, marketing, and related support services and Personal and culinary services; and "Engineering technologies" includes Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Construction trades, and Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1970-71 through 1985-86; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91-99); and IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010, Completions component. (This table was prepared July 2011.)
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