Graduate Student Completions, by Race and Ethnicity
While White students continued to earn the majority of graduate-level credentials in 2016, their total share of all completions declined from 69.5 percent in 1996 to 51.8 percent—a 17.7 percentage point decrease. Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and international students each saw an increase of about 4 percentage points in their representation among all graduate credentials earned between 1996 and 2016. This growth has resulted in an increase of over 69,000 Black or African American graduates, an increase of over 54,000 Hispanic or Latino graduates, and an increase of over 102,000 international graduates during this 20-year period.
Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report
Chapter Six: Graduate School Completion
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U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 1996 and 2016
In 1996, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students was not an available category. These students were included in the category “Asian”.
In 1996, data on students of more than one race were not collected separately.
In 2016, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students represented 0.2 percent of all graduate student completions.