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Table 323.10. Master's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2011-12
Field of study 1970-71 1975-76 1980-81 1985-86 1990-91 1995-96 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Total 235,564 317,477 302,637 295,850 342,863 412,180 473,502 487,313 518,699 564,272 580,151 599,731 610,597 630,666 662,079 693,025 730,635 754,229
Agriculture and natural resources 2,457 3,340 4,003 3,801 3,295 4,551 4,272 4,503 4,492 4,783 4,746 4,640 4,623 4,684 4,877 5,211 5,773 6,390
Architecture and related services 1,705 3,215 3,153 3,260 3,490 3,993 4,302 4,566 4,925 5,424 5,674 5,743 5,951 6,065 6,587 7,280 7,788 8,448
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 1,032 993 802 915 1,233 1,652 1,555 1,541 1,509 1,683 1,755 2,080 1,699 1,778 1,779 1,775 1,914 1,947
Biological and biomedical sciences 5,625 6,457 5,766 5,064 4,834 6,593 7,017 7,011 7,050 7,732 8,284 8,781 8,898 9,689 10,017 10,725 11,327 12,415
Business 26,490 42,592 57,888 66,676 78,255 93,554 115,602 119,725 127,685 139,347 142,617 146,406 150,211 155,637 168,375 177,684 187,213 191,571
                                     
Communication, journalism, and related programs 1,770 2,961 2,896 3,500 4,123 5,080 5,218 5,510 6,053 6,535 6,762 7,244 6,773 6,915 7,092 7,636 8,303 9,005
Communications technologies 86 165 209 308 204 481 427 470 442 365 433 501 499 631 475 463 502 491
Computer and information sciences 1,588 2,603 4,218 8,070 9,324 10,579 16,911 17,173 19,509 20,143 18,416 17,055 16,232 17,087 17,907 17,953 19,446 20,917
Education 87,666 126,061 96,713 74,816 87,352 104,936 127,829 135,189 147,883 162,345 167,490 174,620 176,572 175,880 178,564 182,139 185,009 178,062
Engineering 16,813 16,472 16,893 21,529 24,454 26,789 25,174 24,838 28,251 32,554 32,488 30,848 29,299 31,557 34,546 35,088 38,719 40,323
                                     
Engineering technologies 134 328 323 617 996 2,054 2,013 2,149 2,332 2,499 2,500 2,541 2,690 2,873 3,455 4,258 4,515 4,774
English language and literature/letters 10,441 8,599 5,742 5,335 6,784 7,657 6,763 7,097 7,428 7,956 8,468 8,845 8,742 9,161 9,261 9,201 9,476 9,939
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 1,452 2,179 2,570 2,011 1,541 1,712 1,838 1,683 1,607 1,794 1,827 1,983 2,080 2,199 2,453 2,580 2,918 3,157
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 5,480 4,432 2,934 2,690 3,049 3,443 3,035 3,075 3,049 3,124 3,407 3,539 3,443 3,565 3,592 3,755 3,727 3,827
Health professions and related programs 5,330 12,164 16,176 18,603 21,354 33,920 43,623 43,560 42,748 44,939 46,703 51,380 54,531 58,120 62,620 69,084 75,579 83,893
                                     
Homeland security, law enforcement, and
   firefighting
194 1,197 1,538 1,074 1,108 1,812 2,514 2,935 2,956 3,717 3,991 4,277 4,906 5,760 6,128 6,714 7,433 8,402
Legal professions and studies 955 1,442 1,832 1,924 2,057 2,751 3,829 4,053 4,141 4,243 4,170 4,453 4,486 4,815 5,150 5,734 6,300 6,614
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
   and humanities
885 2,633 2,375 1,586 2,213 2,778 3,193 2,754 3,314 3,697 3,680 3,702 3,634 3,797 3,728 3,804 3,971 3,791
Library science 7,001 8,037 4,859 3,564 4,763 5,099 4,727 5,113 5,295 6,015 6,213 6,448 6,767 7,162 7,091 7,448 7,727 7,441
Mathematics and statistics 5,191 3,857 2,567 3,131 3,549 3,651 3,209 3,350 3,620 4,191 4,477 4,730 4,884 4,980 5,211 5,634 5,843 6,245
                                     
Military technologies and applied sciences 2 0 43 83 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 202 0 3 0 0 29
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 924 1,283 2,356 2,869 2,079 2,713 3,413 3,634 3,721 3,972 4,167 4,391 4,611 5,165 5,225 5,973 6,748 7,745
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 218 571 643 570 483 1,684 2,354 2,580 2,978 3,199 3,740 3,992 4,110 4,440 4,822 5,617 6,553 7,047
Philosophy and religious studies 1,326 1,358 1,231 1,193 1,471 1,363 1,386 1,371 1,578 1,578 1,647 1,739 1,716 1,879 1,859 2,043 1,833 2,003
Physical sciences and science technologies 6,336 5,428 5,246 5,860 5,281 5,910 5,134 5,082 5,196 5,714 5,823 6,063 6,012 6,061 5,862 6,063 6,386 6,910
                                     
Precision production 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 2 3 13 6 9 5 3 10 10 5 11
Psychology 5,717 10,167 10,223 9,845 11,349 15,152 16,539 16,357 17,161 17,898 18,830 19,770 21,037 21,431 23,415 23,752 25,051 26,834
Public administration and social services 7,785 15,209 17,803 15,692 17,905 24,229 25,268 25,448 25,903 28,250 29,552 30,510 31,131 33,029 33,933 35,729 38,634 41,680
Social sciences and history 16,539 15,953 11,945 10,564 12,233 15,012 13,791 14,112 14,630 16,110 16,952 17,369 17,665 18,495 19,240 20,222 21,084 21,889
Theology and religious vocations 7,747 8,964 11,061 11,826 10,498 10,909 9,876 10,104 10,493 10,818 11,348 11,758 12,436 12,578 12,836 12,824 13,191 13,396
                                     
Transportation and materials moving 0 0 0 454 406 919 756 709 765 728 802 784 985 982 1,048 1,074 1,390 1,702
Visual and performing arts 6,675 8,817 8,629 8,420 8,657 10,280 11,404 11,595 11,982 12,906 13,183 13,530 13,767 14,164 14,918 15,552 16,277 17,331
Not classified by field of study 0 0 0 0 8,523 780 528 24 0 0 0 0 0 84 0 0 0 0
NOTE: Data through 1990-91 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for postsecondary institutions that participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. 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 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): "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 2012, Completions component. (This table was prepared July 2013.)
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