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Field Choices of Graduate Students

Female graduate students were considerably more likely to be enrolled in non-science and engineering fields in 1992 than were men (Syverson and Maguire 1994, p. 4). [4] Women were the majority in all non-science and engineering areas except business-ranging from 75 percent in the health fields to 54 percent in the humanities and arts. (See figure 6-17.)

Figure 6-17

The field choices of graduate students vary considerably among the different racial/ethnic groups. Almost one-half of the U.S. citizens who were Asian were enrolled in science and engineering programs, compared to one-fourth or less in every other group.
The most popular non-science and engineering field for most groups was education, which accounted for more than 20 percent of every group except Asians, only 7 percent of whom were in education. Asian students in non-science and engineering were more likely to be studying business, 17 percent, compared to 15 percent of whites and as few as 10 percent of American Indian students. (See figure 6-18.)

Figure 6-18

Only one-third of non-U.S. citizens on temporary visas were enrolled in non-science and engineering programs, and of these the largest group-12 percent-was studying business (Syverson and Maguire 1994, p. 12).


4. This survey, conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Educational Testing Service, includes universities that are members of the Council of Graduate Schools. Percentages are based on the number reporting their sex or race/ethnicity. Up arrow
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