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Table 255. Master's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by discipline division: Selected years, 1970–71 through 2004–05
Discipline division 1970–71 1975–76 1980–81 1985–86 1990–91 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Total 230,509 311,771 295,739 288,567 337,168 387,070 397,629 406,301 430,164 439,986 457,056 468,476 482,118 512,645 558,940 574,618
Agriculture and natural resources 2,457 3,340 4,003 3,801 3,295 4,110 4,234 4,551 4,464 4,404 4,360 4,272 4,503 4,492 4,783 4,746
Architecture and related services 1,705 3,215 3,153 3,260 3,490 3,943 3,923 3,993 4,347 4,172 4,268 4,302 4,566 4,925 5,424 5,674
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies 1,032 993 802 915 1,233 1,573 1,585 1,652 1,528 1,438 1,544 1,555 1,541 1,509 1,683 1,755
Biological and biomedical sciences 5,623 6,453 5,759 5,043 4,796 5,390 5,824 6,544 6,788 6,913 6,781 6,955 6,937 6,990 7,657 8,199
Business 26,490 42,592 57,888 66,676 78,255 93,285 93,540 93,554 101,652 107,477 111,532 115,602 119,725 127,545 139,347 142,617
                                 
Communication, journalism, and related programs 1,770 2,961 2,896 3,500 4,123 5,005 5,142 5,080 5,611 5,293 5,169 5,218 5,510 6,053 6,535 6,762
Communications technologies 86 165 209 308 204 383 417 481 486 263 356 427 470 442 365 433
Computer and information sciences 1,588 2,603 4,218 8,070 9,324 10,568 10,595 10,579 11,765 12,858 14,990 16,911 17,173 19,503 20,143 18,416
Education 87,666 126,061 96,713 74,816 87,352 97,427 99,835 104,936 113,374 118,048 123,045 127,829 135,189 147,448 162,345 167,490
Engineering 16,813 16,472 16,893 21,529 24,454 28,293 28,137 26,892 25,146 24,734 24,850 25,259 24,908 28,337 32,698 32,633
                                 
Engineering technologies 134 328 323 617 996 1,879 1,894 2,054 2,181 2,004 1,876 2,013 2,149 2,332 2,499 2,500
English language and literature/letters 10,441 8,599 5,742 5,335 6,784 7,611 7,612 7,657 7,587 7,288 7,022 6,763 7,097 7,413 7,956 8,468
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 1,452 2,179 2,570 2,011 1,541 1,559 1,702 1,712 1,838 1,736 1,882 1,838 1,683 1,610 1,794 1,827
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 5,480 4,432 2,934 2,690 3,049 3,612 3,439 3,443 3,181 3,106 3,037 3,035 3,075 3,049 3,124 3,407
Health professions and related clinical sciences 5,330 12,164 16,176 18,603 21,354 28,442 31,770 33,920 39,567 40,707 42,593 43,623 43,560 42,715 44,939 46,703
                                 
Legal professions and studies 955 1,442 1,832 1,924 2,057 2,432 2,511 2,751 3,228 3,308 3,750 3,829 4,053 4,126 4,243 4,170
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities 885 2,633 2,375 1,586 2,213 2,496 2,565 2,778 2,801 3,101 3,256 3,193 2,754 3,312 3,697 3,680
Library science 7,001 8,037 4,859 3,564 4,763 5,116 5,057 5,099 4,871 4,752 4,577 4,727 5,113 5,314 6,015 6,213
Mathematics and statistics 5,191 3,857 2,567 3,131 3,549 3,682 3,820 3,651 3,409 3,286 3,208 3,209 3,350 3,626 4,191 4,477
Military technologies 2 0 43 83 0 124 124 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                                 
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 926 1,287 2,363 2,890 2,117 2,821 2,787 2,762 3,067 3,073 3,487 3,475 3,708 3,780 4,047 4,252
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 218 571 643 570 483 1,559 1,684 1,684 1,917 2,011 2,322 2,354 2,580 2,978 3,199 3,740
Philosophy and religious studies 1,326 1,358 1,231 1,193 1,471 1,410 1,434 1,363 1,396 1,357 1,376 1,386 1,371 1,578 1,578 1,647
Physical sciences and science technologies 6,336 5,428 5,246 5,860 5,281 5,648 5,716 5,807 5,328 5,124 4,810 5,049 5,012 5,109 5,570 5,678
Precision production 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 10 7 5 2 2 3 13 6
                                 
Psychology 5,717 10,167 10,223 9,845 11,349 13,723 15,378 15,152 15,142 15,688 15,740 16,539 16,357 17,123 17,898 18,830
Public administration and social services 7,785 15,209 17,803 15,692 17,905 21,833 23,501 24,229 25,144 24,925 25,594 25,268 25,448 25,894 28,250 29,552
Security and protective services 194 1,197 1,538 1,074 1,108 1,437 1,706 1,812 2,000 2,249 2,609 2,514 2,935 2,955 3,717 3,991
Social sciences and history 16,539 15,953 11,945 10,564 12,233 14,561 14,845 15,012 14,938 14,431 14,066 13,791 14,112 14,634 16,110 16,952
                                 
Theology and religious vocations 2,692 3,258 4,163 4,543 4,803 4,906 5,170 5,030 4,649 4,679 5,534 4,850 4,909 5,099 5,486 5,815
Transportation and materials moving 0 0 0 454 406 664 823 919 736 713 697 756 709 765 728 802
Visual and performing arts 6,675 8,817 8,629 8,420 8,657 9,925 10,277 10,280 11,145 10,753 10,918 11,404 11,595 11,986 12,906 13,183
Not classified by field of study 0 0 0 0 8,523 1,651 577 780 868 88 1,802 528 24 0 0 0
NOTE: The new Classification of Instructional Programs was initiated in 2002–03. 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/technicians, 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; and 1990–91 through 2004–05 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91–99), and Fall 2000 through Fall 2005. (This table was prepared July 2006.)
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