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Figure E-1. Minority share of S&E and non-S&E master's degrees: 1989–2006

Figure Updated: December 2008

Figure E-1. Minority share of S&E and non-S&E master's degrees: 1989–2006.

NOTES: Underrepresented minority refers to blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives. Race/ethnicity breakouts are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. 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, 1989–2006.

Minorities earned an increasing share of S&E and non-S&E master's degrees from 1989 to 2006.

  • Underrepresented minorities (blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives) earned 12% of S&E master's degrees in 2006, up from 5% in 1989.
  • Underrepresented minorities earned a higher proportion of non-S&E than of S&E master's degrees.
  • Asians/Pacific Islanders earned a higher proportion of S&E than of non-S&E master's degrees.
  • Asians/Pacific Islanders earned 7% of S&E master's degrees in 2006, up from 6% in 1989.

Related Information

Table E-3. Master's degrees, by field, citizenship, and race/ethnicity: 1997–2006

Table E-4. Racial/ethnic distribution of S&E master's degrees awarded to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, by field: 1997–2006

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