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Table 283. Master's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2008-09
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Total 230,509 311,771 295,739 288,567 337,168 406,301 439,986 457,056 468,476 482,118 513,339 558,940 574,618 594,065 604,607 625,023 656,784
Agriculture and natural resources 2,457 3,340 4,003 3,801 3,295 4,551 4,404 4,360 4,272 4,503 4,492 4,783 4,746 4,640 4,623 4,684 4,877
Architecture and related services 1,705 3,215 3,153 3,260 3,490 3,993 4,172 4,268 4,302 4,566 4,925 5,424 5,674 5,743 5,951 6,065 6,587
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies 1,032 993 802 915 1,233 1,652 1,438 1,544 1,555 1,541 1,509 1,683 1,755 2,080 1,699 1,778 1,779
Biological and biomedical sciences 5,623 6,453 5,759 5,043 4,796 6,544 6,913 6,781 6,955 6,937 6,990 7,657 8,199 8,681 8,747 9,565 9,898
Business 26,490 42,592 57,888 66,676 78,255 93,554 107,477 111,532 115,602 119,725 127,685 139,347 142,617 146,406 150,211 155,637 168,375
                                   
Communication, journalism, and related programs 1,770 2,961 2,896 3,500 4,123 5,080 5,293 5,169 5,218 5,510 6,053 6,535 6,762 7,244 6,773 6,915 7,092
Communications technologies 86 165 209 308 204 481 263 356 427 470 442 365 433 501 499 631 475
Computer and information sciences 1,588 2,603 4,218 8,070 9,324 10,579 12,858 14,990 16,911 17,173 19,509 20,143 18,416 17,055 16,232 17,087 17,907
Education 87,666 126,061 96,713 74,816 87,352 104,936 118,048 123,045 127,829 135,189 147,883 162,345 167,490 174,620 176,572 175,880 178,564
Engineering 16,813 16,472 16,893 21,529 24,454 26,892 24,734 24,850 25,259 24,908 28,338 32,698 32,633 30,989 29,472 31,719 34,750
                                   
Engineering technologies 134 328 323 617 996 2,054 2,004 1,876 2,013 2,149 2,332 2,499 2,500 2,541 2,690 2,873 3,455
English language and literature/letters 10,441 8,599 5,742 5,335 6,784 7,657 7,288 7,022 6,763 7,097 7,428 7,956 8,468 8,845 8,742 9,161 9,261
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 1,452 2,179 2,570 2,011 1,541 1,712 1,736 1,882 1,838 1,683 1,607 1,794 1,827 1,983 2,080 2,199 2,453
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 5,480 4,432 2,934 2,690 3,049 3,443 3,106 3,037 3,035 3,075 3,049 3,124 3,407 3,539 3,443 3,565 3,592
Health professions and related clinical sciences 5,330 12,164 16,176 18,603 21,354 33,920 40,707 42,593 43,623 43,560 42,748 44,939 46,703 51,380 54,531 58,120 62,620
                                   
Legal professions and studies 955 1,442 1,832 1,924 2,057 2,751 3,308 3,750 3,829 4,053 4,141 4,243 4,170 4,453 4,486 4,754 5,150
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
   and humanities
885 2,633 2,375 1,586 2,213 2,778 3,101 3,256 3,193 2,754 3,314 3,697 3,680 3,702 3,634 3,797 3,728
Library science 7,001 8,037 4,859 3,564 4,763 5,099 4,752 4,577 4,727 5,113 5,295 6,015 6,213 6,448 6,767 7,162 7,091
Mathematics and statistics 5,191 3,857 2,567 3,131 3,549 3,651 3,286 3,208 3,209 3,350 3,620 4,191 4,477 4,730 4,884 4,980 5,211
Military technologies 2 0 43 83 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 202 0 3
                                   
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 926 1,287 2,363 2,890 2,117 2,762 3,073 3,487 3,475 3,708 3,781 4,047 4,252 4,491 4,762 5,289 5,344
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 218 571 643 570 483 1,684 2,011 2,322 2,354 2,580 2,978 3,199 3,740 3,992 4,110 4,440 4,822
Philosophy and religious studies 1,326 1,358 1,231 1,193 1,471 1,363 1,357 1,376 1,386 1,371 1,578 1,578 1,647 1,739 1,716 1,879 1,859
Physical sciences and science technologies 6,336 5,428 5,246 5,860 5,281 5,807 5,124 4,810 5,049 5,012 5,109 5,570 5,678 5,922 5,839 5,899 5,658
Precision production 0 0 0 0 0 8 7 5 2 2 3 13 6 9 5 3 10
                                   
Psychology 5,717 10,167 10,223 9,845 11,349 15,152 15,688 15,740 16,539 16,357 17,161 17,898 18,830 19,770 21,037 21,431 23,415
Public administration and social services 7,785 15,209 17,803 15,692 17,905 24,229 24,925 25,594 25,268 25,448 25,903 28,250 29,552 30,510 31,131 33,029 33,933
Security and protective services 194 1,197 1,538 1,074 1,108 1,812 2,249 2,609 2,514 2,935 2,956 3,717 3,991 4,277 4,906 5,760 6,128
Social sciences and history 16,539 15,953 11,945 10,564 12,233 15,012 14,431 14,066 13,791 14,112 14,630 16,110 16,952 17,369 17,665 18,495 19,240
Theology and religious vocations 2,692 3,258 4,163 4,543 4,803 5,030 4,679 5,534 4,850 4,909 5,133 5,486 5,815 6,092 6,446 6,996 7,541
                                   
Transportation and materials moving 0 0 0 454 406 919 713 697 756 709 765 728 802 784 985 982 1,048
Visual and performing arts 6,675 8,817 8,629 8,420 8,657 10,280 10,753 10,918 11,404 11,595 11,982 12,906 13,183 13,530 13,767 14,164 14,918
Not classified by field of study 0 0 0 0 8,523 780 88 1,802 528 24 0 0 0 0 0 84 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 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 2008-09 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91-99), and Fall 2000 through Fall 2009. (This table was prepared August 2010.)
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