College majors most likely to obtain a graduate degree in the U.S. 2013

This statistic shows the college majors in the United States that students are most likely to obtain a graduate degree in. At 57.7 percent, students who majored in Biology and life sciences were most likely to go on and obtain a graduate degree in the United States in 2013. The likelihood of Physical science students obtaining a graduate degree was also high at 50 percent.

College majors most likely to obtain a graduate degree in the U.S. in 2013

Share of U.S. students with a graduate degree
Biology and life sciences57.7%
Physical sciences50%
Psychology and social work45.3%
Education44.6%
Humanities and liberal arts41.4%
Social sciences41.4%
Architecture and engineering38.2%
All majors35.1%
Health33.8%
Computers, statistics, and mathematics33.3%
Agriculture and natural resources27.9%
Industrial arts, consumer services, and recreation24.2%
Law and public policy24.2%
Arts23.2%
Business22.2%
Communications and journalism20.8%
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Sources

Release date

May 2015

Region

United States

Survey time period

2013

Age group

25-59 years

Supplementary notes

Data was sourced from the American Community Survey.

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