Women Continue to Outpace Men in African-American Degree Awards

A preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that African Americans earned more than 137,000 bachelor’s degrees in the 2006-07 academic year. That same year black Americans earned more than 55,000 master’s degrees and more than 6,000 professional degrees.

The report reveals that black women earned 66 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans. Black women took 72 percent of all master’s degrees and 64 percent of professional degrees awarded to African Americans.