Change in Graduate Enrollment, by Gender and Race and Ethnicity

Women represented the majority of graduate students in 1995–96, both overall (53.6 percent) and within all groups other than Asian students, students of more than one race, and international students. However, by 2015–16, women were the majority in every group except international students, among whom 62.1 percent were men. Between 1995–96 and 2015–16, the gap between Black men and Black women enrolled in graduate education widened from 26.9 percentage points to 40.4 percentage points.

Graduate Enrollments by Gender, Race and Ethnicity: 1995-96
Graduate Enrollments by Gender, Race and Ethnicity: 2015-16

Source

U.S. Department of Education, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 1996 and 2016

Notes:
In 1995-96, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students was not an available category. These students were included in the category “Asian”.

In 2015-16, men’s Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander student data should be interpreted with caution. Ratio of standard error to estimate is >30 percent but <50 percent.