Almost 167,000 advanced S&E degrees (master’s and doctoral degrees) were awarded nationwide in 2009, 38% more degrees than were awarded in 2000. Advanced degrees made up a fourth of all S&E degrees conferred in 2009 (excluding associate’s degrees), a small increase since 2000.
- Three states produced more than 10,000 S&E advanced degrees in 2009: California (21,198); New York (14,817); Texas (10,473). Advanced degrees in these states represent at least a fourth of their total S&E degree production.
- 33 states showed increases over the decade in the percentage of their S&E graduates who earned advanced degrees, while 16 states and the District of Columbia showed decreases. (See Data Table, referenced below, for detail on individual states.)