The Large Gender Gap in African-American Degree Attainments

Today there are 2,670,000 black women with a four-year degree or better compared to only 1,909,000 black men with the same credential. Therefore, it turns out that black women account for 58 percent of all African Americans who have completed four years of college or more in our country.

Some 669,000 black women hold a master’s degree compared to 409,000 black men. Thus, black women hold 62 percent of all African-American master’s degrees.

Black men continue to have a lead over black women in their number of professional degrees. Approximately 88,000 black men have a professional degree in the United States today compared to 62,000 black women.

Black men continue to hold the lead in doctorates but the gap is rapidly closing. Today black women hold 65,000 of the 136,000 doctorates held by living African Americans. But black women now earn 65 percent of all new doctorates awarded to African Americans. Therefore, the overall gender gap in favor of black men is likely to evaporate in the near future.