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.)
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).