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Digest of Education Statistics: 2014
Digest of Education Statistics: 2014

NCES 2016-006
April 2016


Table 323.10. Master's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2012-13
Field of study 1970-71 1975-76 1980-81 1985-86 1990-91 1995-96 2000-01 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Total 235,564 317,477 302,637 295,850 342,863 412,180 473,502 518,699 564,272 580,151 599,731 610,597 630,666 662,082 693,313 730,922 755,967 751,751
Agriculture and natural resources 2,457 3,340 4,003 3,801 3,295 4,551 4,272 4,492 4,783 4,746 4,640 4,623 4,684 4,878 5,215 5,766 6,390 6,339
Architecture and related services 1,705 3,215 3,153 3,260 3,490 3,993 4,302 4,925 5,424 5,674 5,743 5,951 6,065 6,587 7,280 7,788 8,448 8,095
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 1,032 993 802 915 1,233 1,652 1,555 1,509 1,683 1,755 2,080 1,699 1,778 1,779 1,775 1,913 1,947 1,897
Biological and biomedical sciences 5,625 6,457 5,766 5,064 4,834 6,593 7,017 7,050 7,732 8,284 8,781 8,898 9,689 10,018 10,730 11,324 12,419 13,335
Business 26,490 42,592 57,888 66,676 78,255 93,554 115,602 127,685 139,347 142,617 146,406 150,211 155,637 168,404 177,748 187,178 191,606 188,625
                                     
Communication, journalism, and related programs 1,770 2,961 2,896 3,500 4,123 5,080 5,218 6,053 6,535 6,762 7,244 6,773 6,915 7,042 7,630 8,302 9,005 8,757
Communications technologies 86 165 209 308 204 481 427 442 365 433 501 499 631 475 463 502 497 577
Computer and information sciences 1,588 2,603 4,218 8,070 9,324 10,579 16,911 19,509 20,143 18,416 17,055 16,232 17,087 17,907 17,955 19,516 20,925 22,777
Education 87,666 126,061 96,713 74,816 87,352 104,936 127,829 147,883 162,345 167,490 174,620 176,572 175,880 178,538 182,165 185,127 179,047 164,624
Engineering 16,813 16,472 16,893 21,529 24,454 26,789 25,174 28,251 32,554 32,488 30,848 29,299 31,557 34,546 35,133 38,664 40,323 40,417
                                     
Engineering technologies 134 328 323 617 996 2,054 2,013 2,332 2,499 2,500 2,541 2,690 2,873 3,462 4,258 4,515 4,793 4,908
English language and literature/letters 10,441 8,599 5,742 5,335 6,784 7,657 6,763 7,428 7,956 8,468 8,845 8,742 9,161 9,262 9,202 9,475 9,938 9,755
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 1,452 2,179 2,570 2,011 1,541 1,712 1,838 1,607 1,794 1,827 1,983 2,080 2,199 2,453 2,592 2,918 3,155 3,253
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 5,480 4,432 2,934 2,690 3,049 3,443 3,035 3,049 3,124 3,407 3,539 3,443 3,565 3,592 3,756 3,727 3,827 3,708
Health professions and related programs 5,330 12,164 16,176 18,603 21,354 33,920 43,623 42,748 44,939 46,703 51,380 54,531 58,120 62,642 69,112 75,571 84,355 90,931
                                     
Homeland security, law enforcement, and
   firefighting
194 1,197 1,538 1,074 1,108 1,812 2,514 2,956 3,717 3,991 4,277 4,906 5,760 6,125 6,717 7,433 8,420 8,868
Legal professions and studies 955 1,442 1,832 1,924 2,057 2,751 3,829 4,141 4,243 4,170 4,453 4,486 4,815 5,150 5,767 6,475 6,614 7,013
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
   and humanities
885 2,633 2,375 1,586 2,213 2,778 3,193 3,314 3,697 3,680 3,702 3,634 3,797 3,729 3,822 3,997 3,792 3,268
Library science 7,001 8,037 4,859 3,564 4,763 5,099 4,727 5,295 6,015 6,213 6,448 6,767 7,162 7,091 7,448 7,729 7,443 6,983
Mathematics and statistics 5,191 3,857 2,567 3,131 3,549 3,651 3,209 3,620 4,191 4,477 4,730 4,884 4,980 5,211 5,639 5,866 6,246 6,957
                                     
Military technologies and applied sciences 2 0 43 83 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 202 0 3 0 0 29 32
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 924 1,283 2,356 2,869 2,079 2,713 3,413 3,721 3,972 4,167 4,391 4,611 5,165 5,225 5,947 6,762 7,746 7,956
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 218 571 643 570 483 1,684 2,354 2,978 3,199 3,740 3,992 4,110 4,440 4,825 5,617 6,546 7,047 7,139
Philosophy and religious studies 1,326 1,358 1,231 1,193 1,471 1,363 1,386 1,578 1,578 1,647 1,739 1,716 1,879 1,859 2,045 1,839 2,003 1,931
Physical sciences and science technologies 6,336 5,428 5,246 5,860 5,281 5,910 5,134 5,196 5,714 5,823 6,063 6,012 6,061 5,862 6,066 6,386 6,911 7,011
                                     
Precision production 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 3 13 6 9 5 3 10 10 5 11 9
Psychology 5,717 10,167 10,223 9,845 11,349 15,152 16,539 17,161 17,898 18,830 19,770 21,037 21,431 23,415 23,763 25,062 27,052 27,846
Public administration and social services 7,785 15,209 17,803 15,692 17,905 24,229 25,268 25,903 28,250 29,552 30,510 31,131 33,029 33,934 35,740 38,614 41,737 43,590
Social sciences and history 16,539 15,953 11,945 10,564 12,233 15,012 13,791 14,630 16,110 16,952 17,369 17,665 18,495 19,241 20,234 21,085 21,891 21,585
Theology and religious vocations 7,747 8,964 11,061 11,826 10,498 10,909 9,876 10,493 10,818 11,348 11,758 12,436 12,578 12,851 12,848 13,170 13,341 14,276
                                     
Transportation and materials moving 0 0 0 454 406 919 756 765 728 802 784 985 982 1,048 1,074 1,390 1,702 1,420
Visual and performing arts 6,675 8,817 8,629 8,420 8,657 10,280 11,404 11,982 12,906 13,183 13,530 13,767 14,164 14,918 15,562 16,277 17,307 17,869
Not classified by field of study 0 0 0 0 8,523 780 528 0 0 0 0 0 84 0 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. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
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 2013, Completions component. (This table was prepared August 2014.)