The top 100: graduate degrees conferred

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Date: July 5, 2012
From: Diverse Issues in Higher Education(Vol. 29, Issue 11)
Publisher: Cox, Matthews & Associates
Document Type: Statistical data
Length: 691 words
Lexile Measure: 1470L

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Master's and doctoral degrees are required credentials for entry into the professional class. Although they do not guarantee the recipient an intrinsically rewarding career or a position of leadership, it is increasingly difficult to attain those positions without a graduate degree. The representation of persons of color among graduate degree recipients has therefore become a critical element in reducing achievement and empowerment gaps among racial ethnic groups.

In the last academic year for which data are nationally available, 2011-12, more than 200,000 persons of color earned master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. higher education institutions. Among domestic students of known racial/ethnic origin (that is, excluding international students and those of unknown race/ ethnicity), this represented approximately 29 percent of all graduate degrees conferred. At first glance, this number seems reasonably close to the overall minority representation within the U.S. population, which slightly exceeds 36 percent. However, scratching below the surface reveals notable gaps among some, but not all, minority groups. Among domestic students of known ethnicity:

* African-Americans earned master's degrees in...

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