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Advanced Science and Engineering Degrees as a Percentage of S&E Degrees Conferred (Percent)

State Indicator S-22

This indicator represents the extent to which a state's higher education programs in S&E are concentrated at the graduate level. S&E fields include the physical, life, earth, ocean, atmospheric, computer, and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; and psychology. They do not include medical fields or technologies. Advanced S&E degrees include master's and doctoral degrees. Total S&E degrees include bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees but exclude associate's degrees.

The indicator value is computed by dividing the number of advanced S&E degrees by the total number of S&E degrees awarded by the higher education institutions within the state. The number of degrees awarded is an actual count provided by the National Center for Education Statistics and includes degrees from both public and private institutions. These values are reported by the state in which the degree-granting institution is located.

Student mobility after graduation is not accounted for, which may make this indicator less meaningful in predicting the qualifications of a state's future technical workforce. In states with few S&E graduate programs, the number of advanced S&E degrees conferred may vary considerably from year to year. Readers should use caution when making annual comparisons for those states with small numbers of S&E graduate students.

Data source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

  • 1st Quartile

    28.2%49.54%
  • 2nd Quartile

    24.4%27.83%
  • 3rd Quartile

    21.01%24.24%
  • 4th Quartile

    8.42%19.97%
  • No data

Footnote

NOTES: Advanced S&E degrees include only master’s and doctoral degrees. The national advanced S&E degrees total for the United States includes U.S. territories; All S&E degrees include bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The national S&E degrees total for the United States includes U.S. territories.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years). Data on degrees conferred prior to 2016 were retrieved from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Integrated Science and Engineering Resources Data System (WebCASPAR); data for 2016 are from the NCES IPEDS Data System, accessed 2 November, 2017.

Recommended Citation: National Science Board. 2018. “Advanced Science and Engineering Degrees as a Percentage of S&E Degrees Conferred.” Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, State Indicators. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2018-1). https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/state-indicators/indicator/advanced-se-degrees-to-all-se-degrees

Last updated: January 18, 2018