The Most Popular Master’s Degree Fields for African Americans

In 2006 education was the most popular master’s degree for blacks. This was also true for whites. Master’s degrees in education are the most popular because many public school districts in the United States require teachers to have a master’s degree before they are hired on a full-time basis.

Business management was the second most popular master’s degree for blacks. More than 30 percent of all master’s degrees earned by blacks were in the field of business. Thus, more than three fifths of all master’s degrees awarded to blacks in the 2005-06 academic year were in the two fields of education and business.

Public administration, health science, and psychology were the next three most popular master’s degree disciplines for blacks.