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Most Popular College Degrees by Gender

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Most Popular College Degrees by Gender

According to a report released by the National Center for Education Statistics during the 2011-’12 school year there were a total of 2,263,446 degrees award nation wide (662,079 Masters’s Degrees and 1,601,367 Bachelor’s Degrees.) Of the Master’s Degrees 60% were earned by women and 40% by men. The same respective percentages apply to Bachelor’s Degrees.

Most Popular Master’s Degrees for Men

Total number of Master’s Degrees earned by Men (2011-’12): 263,538

Degree # of Degrees % of Total
Business Administration and Management 58,766 22.3
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 7,462 ] 2.8
Educational Leadership and Administration 7,139 2.7
Business/Commerce 6,461 2.5
Education 5,832 2.2
Accounting 5,314 2
Public Administration 4,181 1.6
Computer Science 3,980 1.5
Mechanical Engineering 3,929 1.5
Computer and Information Sciences 3,718 1.4

Most Popular Master’s Degrees for Women

Total number of Master’s Degrees earned by Women (2011-’12): 398,541

Degree # of Degrees % of Total
Business Administration and Management 45,366 11.4
Education 20,225 5.1
Social Work 16,716 4.2
Elementary Education and Teaching 15,213 3.8
Curriculum and Instruction 14,276 3.6
Educational Leadership and Administration 13,086 3.3
Special Education and Teaching 11,763 %3
Counselor Education/School Counseling 10,532 2.6
Nursing (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN) 8,276 2.1
Reading Teacher Education 7,948 2

Most Popular Bachelor’s Degrees for Men

Total number of Bachelor’s Degrees earned by Men (2011-’12): 685,381

Degree # of Degrees % of Total
Business Administration and Management 66,190 %
Finance 22,931 3.3
Biology/Biological Sciences 21,906 3.2
Political Science and Government 20,947 3.2
Accounting 20,446 3
Psychology 20,432 3
History 20,088 2.9
Economics 17,756 2.6
Mechanical Engineering 15,424 2.3
Marketing/Marketing Management 14,613 2.1

Most Popular Bachelor’s Degrees for Women

Total number of Bachelor’s Degrees earned by Women (2011-’12): 915,986

Degree # of Degrees % of Total
Psychology 68,808 7.5
Business Administration and Management 64,405 6.7
Nursing (RN,ASN,BSN,MSN) 61,405 6.7
Elementary Education and Teaching 36,358 4
Biology/Biological Sciences 33,950 3.7
English Language and Literature 28,945 3.2
Accounting 24,068 2.6
Communication Studies/Speech Communication 22,000 2.4
Sociology 20,064 2.2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 19,396 2.1

Source: National Center for Education Stastics (http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2010/2010161.pdf)


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