What Type of Graduate Degrees are Christian Students Pursuing?

Overall, 604,600 master’s degrees and 60,600 doctoral degrees were awarded in 2006 and ’07, an increase of 44% and 32%, respectively, since 1996 and ’97.

In 2006 and ’07, of the 605,000 master’s degrees awarded that year, over 50% were concentrated in two fields: education (29%) and business (25%) (see table A-41-1). During that same time period, an additional 9% of all master’s degrees awarded were in the field of health professions and related clinical sciences. The fewest number of master’s degrees were conferred in the field of mathematics and statistics (about 1% or 4,900 degrees).

Enrollment in both graduate and first-professional programs increased between 2000 and 2007.

Increased competition.

A graduate degree makes a difference: In 1976, 1.3 million students were enrolled in graduate programs that increased to 2.3 million in 2007. Projections indicate that enrollment increases in graduate and first-professional programs will persist, with graduate enrollment exceeding 2.7 million.