Table 5-16
Full-time SEH graduate students and graduate research assistants at universities and colleges, by degree field: Selected years, 1973–2011
 
1973   1983   1993   2003   2011a
Group and degree field Thousands Percent Thousands Percent Thousands Percent Thousands Percent Thousands Percent
 
Graduate students 161.6 100 252.0 100 329.6 100 398.0 100 457.3 100
Computer sciences 2.9 2 10.6 4 17.4 5 30.9 8 33.8 7
Life sciences 40.6 25 69.2 28 91.6 28 123.2 31 124.4 27
Mathematics 10.3 6 11.0 4 14.5 4 14.6 4 18.7 4
Physical sciences 28.9 18 37.2 15 41.9 13 41.9 11 49.3 11
Psychology 15.2 9 26.6 11 34.8 11 35.8 9 39.3 9
Social sciences 32.4 20 43.5 17 55.6 17 61.3 15 74.2 16
Engineering 31.3 19 53.9 21 73.8 22 90.4 23 107.2 23
 
Graduate research assistants 35.9 100 54.9 100 90.2 100 114.3 100 122.5 100
Computer sciences 0.7 2 1.4 3 3.8 4 7.5 7 8.3 7
Life sciences 9.4 26 16.5 30 28.0 31 35.5 31 37.7 31
Mathematics 0.7 2 0.8 2 1.4 2 1.8 2 2.1 2
Physical sciences 8.9 25 12.6 23 17.0 19 18.1 16 19.6 16
Psychology 1.9 5 3.0 5 4.6 5 5.6 5 5.6 5
Social sciences 4.0 11 5.0 9 7.4 8 8.4 7 7.6 6
Engineering 10.4 29 15.6 28 28.0 31 37.4 33 40.1 33
 

SEH = science, engineering, and health.

a Total includes fields not shown separately that were added or reclassified in the 2007 survey.

NOTES: Detail may not add to total because of rounding. Graduate research assistants are full-time graduate students with research assistantships as their primary mechanism of support. Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; life sciences include biological, agricultural, environmental, and health sciences.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, special tabulations (2013) of the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.

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