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Table 323.20. Master's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by race/ethnicity and sex of student: Selected years, 1976-77 through 2018-19
Year and sex Number of degrees conferred to U.S. citizens,
permanent residents, and nonresident aliens
Percentage distribution of degrees conferred
to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Total White Black His-
panic
Asian/
Pacific
Islander
American
Indian/
Alaska
Native
Two
or
more
races1
Non-
resident
alien
Total White Black His-
panic
Asian/
Pacific
Islander
American
Indian/
Alaska
Native
Two
or
more
races1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Total                              
1976-772 322,463 271,402 21,252 6,136 5,127 1,018 --- 17,528 100.0 89.0 7.0 2.0 1.7 0.3 ---
1980-813 301,081 247,475 17,436 6,534 6,348 1,044 --- 22,244 100.0 88.8 6.3 2.3 2.3 0.4 ---
1990-91 342,863 265,927 17,023 8,981 11,869 1,189 --- 37,874 100.0 87.2 5.6 2.9 3.9 0.4 ---
1999-2000 463,185 324,990 36,606 19,379 23,523 2,263 --- 56,424 100.0 79.9 9.0 4.8 5.8 0.6 ---
2000-01 473,502 324,211 38,853 21,661 24,544 2,496 --- 61,737 100.0 78.7 9.4 5.3 6.0 0.6 ---

2004-05
580,562 383,416 55,396 31,687 33,048 3,312 --- 73,703 100.0 75.6 10.9 6.3 6.5 0.7 ---
2005-06 599,862 397,519 59,822 32,578 34,302 3,519 --- 72,122 100.0 75.3 11.3 6.2 6.5 0.7 ---
2006-07 610,703 403,623 63,439 34,962 36,420 3,590 --- 68,669 100.0 74.5 11.7 6.5 6.7 0.7 ---
2007-08 630,844 413,348 65,912 36,899 37,743 3,775 --- 73,167 100.0 74.1 11.8 6.6 6.8 0.7 ---
2008-09 662,082 427,713 70,772 39,567 40,510 3,777 --- 79,743 100.0 73.4 12.2 6.8 7.0 0.6 ---

2009-10
693,313 445,158 76,472 43,603 42,520 3,965 --- 81,595 100.0 72.8 12.5 7.1 7.0 0.6 ---
2010-11 730,922 462,922 80,742 46,823 43,482 3,946 6,597 86,410 100.0 71.8 12.5 7.3 6.7 0.6 1.0
2011-12 755,967 470,822 86,007 50,994 45,379 3,681 9,823 89,261 100.0 70.6 12.9 7.6 6.8 0.6 1.5
2012-13 751,718 455,896 87,989 52,991 44,906 3,693 11,794 94,449 100.0 69.4 13.4 8.1 6.8 0.6 1.8
2013-14 754,582 444,771 88,606 55,962 44,533 3,512 13,417 103,781 100.0 68.3 13.6 8.6 6.8 0.5 2.1

2014-15
758,804 433,096 87,288 58,752 44,489 3,410 14,628 117,141 100.0 67.5 13.6 9.2 6.9 0.5 2.3
2015-16 785,757 431,885 88,786 63,060 45,921 3,538 16,589 135,978 100.0 66.5 13.7 9.7 7.1 0.5 2.6
2016-17 804,542 433,638 89,577 67,026 47,810 3,397 17,674 145,420 100.0 65.8 13.6 10.2 7.3 0.5 2.7
2017-18 820,242 439,124 91,282 72,443 50,116 3,318 18,900 145,059 100.0 65.0 13.5 10.7 7.4 0.5 2.8
2018-19 833,706 447,425 93,126 78,874 52,222 3,453 20,516 138,090 100.0 64.3 13.4 11.3 7.5 0.5 2.9

Males
                             
1976-772 172,703 144,042 7,970 3,328 3,128 565 --- 13,670 100.0 90.6 5.0 2.1 2.0 0.4 ---
1980-813 151,602 120,927 6,418 3,155 3,830 507 --- 16,765 100.0 89.7 4.8 2.3 2.8 0.4 ---
1990-91 160,842 117,993 6,201 4,017 6,765 495 --- 25,371 100.0 87.1 4.6 3.0 5.0 0.4 ---
1999-2000 196,129 131,221 11,642 7,738 11,299 845 --- 33,384 100.0 80.6 7.2 4.8 6.9 0.5 ---
2000-01 197,770 128,516 11,878 8,371 11,561 925 --- 36,519 100.0 79.7 7.4 5.2 7.2 0.6 ---

2004-05
237,356 150,116 16,174 11,519 15,245 1,167 --- 43,135 100.0 77.3 8.3 5.9 7.8 0.6 ---
2005-06 241,701 153,696 17,388 11,738 16,037 1,253 --- 41,589 100.0 76.8 8.7 5.9 8.0 0.6 ---
2006-07 242,213 154,250 18,340 12,471 16,689 1,275 --- 39,188 100.0 76.0 9.0 6.1 8.2 0.6 ---
2007-08 250,203 157,622 18,759 13,166 17,480 1,294 --- 41,882 100.0 75.7 9.0 6.3 8.4 0.6 ---
2008-09 263,515 162,863 20,146 14,314 18,865 1,349 --- 45,978 100.0 74.9 9.3 6.6 8.7 0.6 ---

2009-10
275,317 170,243 22,121 15,554 19,423 1,419 --- 46,557 100.0 74.4 9.7 6.8 8.5 0.6 ---
2010-11 291,680 177,786 23,746 17,183 19,918 1,409 2,540 49,098 100.0 73.3 9.8 7.1 8.2 0.6 1.0
2011-12 302,484 183,222 25,284 18,633 20,751 1,298 3,518 49,778 100.0 72.5 10.0 7.4 8.2 0.5 1.4
2012-13 301,552 177,208 26,417 19,441 20,456 1,280 4,472 52,278 100.0 71.1 10.6 7.8 8.2 0.5 1.8
2013-14 302,846 173,303 26,608 20,565 19,955 1,219 4,890 56,306 100.0 70.3 10.8 8.3 8.1 0.5 2.0

2014-15
306,615 168,151 26,295 21,384 19,577 1,223 5,438 64,547 100.0 69.5 10.9 8.8 8.1 0.5 2.2
2015-16 320,574 166,161 27,024 22,749 20,071 1,229 6,129 77,211 100.0 68.3 11.1 9.3 8.2 0.5 2.5
2016-17 326,857 164,734 26,978 23,749 20,693 1,151 6,453 83,099 100.0 67.6 11.1 9.7 8.5 0.5 2.6
2017-18 326,907 164,729 27,551 25,248 21,277 1,076 6,677 80,349 100.0 66.8 11.2 10.2 8.6 0.4 2.7
2018-19 326,186 165,374 27,599 27,359 21,915 1,100 7,495 75,344 100.0 65.9 11.0 10.9 8.7 0.4 3.0

Females
                             
1976-772 149,760 127,360 13,282 2,808 1,999 453 --- 3,858 100.0 87.3 9.1 1.9 1.4 0.3 ---
1980-813 149,479 126,548 11,018 3,379 2,518 537 --- 5,479 100.0 87.9 7.7 2.3 1.7 0.4 ---
1990-91 182,021 147,934 10,822 4,964 5,104 694 --- 12,503 100.0 87.3 6.4 2.9 3.0 0.4 ---
1999-2000 267,056 193,769 24,964 11,641 12,224 1,418 --- 23,040 100.0 79.4 10.2 4.8 5.0 0.6 ---
2000-01 275,732 195,695 26,975 13,290 12,983 1,571 --- 25,218 100.0 78.1 10.8 5.3 5.2 0.6 ---

2004-05
343,206 233,300 39,222 20,168 17,803 2,145 --- 30,568 100.0 74.6 12.5 6.5 5.7 0.7 ---
2005-06 358,161 243,823 42,434 20,840 18,265 2,266 --- 30,533 100.0 74.4 13.0 6.4 5.6 0.7 ---
2006-07 368,490 249,373 45,099 22,491 19,731 2,315 --- 29,481 100.0 73.6 13.3 6.6 5.8 0.7 ---
2007-08 380,641 255,726 47,153 23,733 20,263 2,481 --- 31,285 100.0 73.2 13.5 6.8 5.8 0.7 ---
2008-09 398,567 264,850 50,626 25,253 21,645 2,428 --- 33,765 100.0 72.6 13.9 6.9 5.9 0.7 ---

2009-10
417,996 274,915 54,351 28,049 23,097 2,546 --- 35,038 100.0 71.8 14.2 7.3 6.0 0.7 ---
2010-11 439,242 285,136 56,996 29,640 23,564 2,537 4,057 37,312 100.0 70.9 14.2 7.4 5.9 0.6 1.0
2011-12 453,483 287,600 60,723 32,361 24,628 2,383 6,305 39,483 100.0 69.5 14.7 7.8 5.9 0.6 1.5
2012-13 450,166 278,688 61,572 33,550 24,450 2,413 7,322 42,171 100.0 68.3 15.1 8.2 6.0 0.6 1.8
2013-14 451,736 271,468 61,998 35,397 24,578 2,293 8,527 47,475 100.0 67.2 15.3 8.8 6.1 0.6 2.1

2014-15
452,189 264,945 60,993 37,368 24,912 2,187 9,190 52,594 100.0 66.3 15.3 9.4 6.2 0.5 2.3
2015-16 465,183 265,724 61,762 40,311 25,850 2,309 10,460 58,767 100.0 65.4 15.2 9.9 6.4 0.6 2.6
2016-17 477,685 268,904 62,599 43,277 27,117 2,246 11,221 62,321 100.0 64.7 15.1 10.4 6.5 0.5 2.7
2017-18 493,335 274,395 63,731 47,195 28,839 2,242 12,223 64,710 100.0 64.0 14.9 11.0 6.7 0.5 2.9
2018-19 507,520 282,051 65,527 51,515 30,307 2,353 13,021 62,746 100.0 63.4 14.7 11.6 6.8 0.5 2.9
---Not available.
1 For years prior to 2010-11, the survey did not yet include the "Two or more races" category, and each student could be counted in only one race category.
2 Excludes 387 males and 175 females whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
3 Excludes 1,377 males and 179 females whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
NOTE: Data in this table represent the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data are for postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. For 1989-90 and later years, reported racial/ethnic distributions of students by level of degree, field of study, and sex were used to estimate race/ethnicity for students whose race/ethnicity was not reported. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. 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, 1976-77 and 1980-81; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91); and IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2019, Completions component. (This table was prepared June 2020.)

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