More Than One Half of All African-American Students in Graduate School Are Enrolled in Either Business or Education Programs

A new report from the Graduate Record Examinations Board and the Council of Graduate Schools finds that among all black graduate students, 31 percent were enrolled in graduate education degree programs. Another 22 percent were enrolled in graduate business programs. No other graduate field had more than 10 percent of black graduate students.

Over the 1996 to 2006 period, the largest growth in African-American graduate school enrollments was in the field of health science. In that field, blacks posted an average annual growth in graduate school enrollments of 9 percent. Graduate programs in business and education also posted an average annual increase in black enrollments of at least 5 percent.