Figure E-1. Master's degrees awarded in S&E and non-S&E fields,
by sex: 1966–2001
NOTE: National data not available for 1999.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, special tabulations of U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Completions Survey, 1966–2001
The number of master's degrees earned by females rose more rapidly than for males in the 1990s.
- By 2001, females earned 44 percent of S&E and 63 percent of non-S&E master's degrees, up from 34 and 48 percent, respectively, in 1990.
- In S&E and non-S&E fields, both the number of females earning master's degrees and their proportion of all students earning master's degrees rose steadily during the 1990s.
- For both males and females, the proportion of master's degrees earned in S&E fields declined in the 1990s.
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- Table E-2. Master's degrees awarded to women, by field: 1994–2001 Excel PDF
This figure will be updated as new data become available. This figure was last updated May 2004.