Master’s Degree Field of Study, by Race and Ethnicity
In 2016, the primary fields of study among master’s degree completers were business and management (24.0 percent), education (18.5 percent), STEM fields (17.4 percent), and health fields (14.0 percent). Nearly one-quarter of all American Indian or Alaska Native (24.4 percent), White (23.6 percent), and Hispanic or Latino (23.5 percent) master’s degree recipients completed degrees in education. About half of all international master’s degree recipients earned degrees in STEM fields (49.4 percent), as did 22.9 percent of Asian students — much higher shares than all other groups.
U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2016
STEM fields include life and physical sciences, math, engineering, and computer science.