Education Is By Far the Most Popular Field of Study for Blacks in Graduate School

Last week JBHE reported that, according to the Council on Graduate Schools, more than 135,000 African Americans were enrolled in graduate programs in 2005. Of those, more than 70 percent were women.

The data also shows that 31 percent of all blacks enrolled in graduate school were in education programs. Nineteen percent of all black graduate students were enrolled in business programs. Social sciences was the third most popular field of study for blacks in graduate school.

Education and business were also the two most popular graduate programs for white students. Health science was the third most popular program of study for whites in graduate school.