Prior Degrees of Terminal Geoscience Master's and Doctorates

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Individuals who hold terminal geoscience master’s or doctoral degrees have similar academic backgrounds. Both groups have comparable percentages of bachelor degrees in business (~ 1%), engineering (12-17%), geosciences (50-56%), other science & mathematics (18-19%), and other degree fields (12-14%). Also, 9% of geoscience master’s degree recipients have an associate’s degree, whereas 4% of geoscience doctoral degree recipients have an associate’s degree.

Bachelor degrees of terminal gesocience Master's and Doctoral degree recipients. Source: Naitonal Science Foundation, National Survey of College Graduates, 2003.

14% of individuals with terminal geoscience master’s degree have a second master’s degree.

Degree fields of those with a second Master's degree. Source: Naitonal Science Foundation, National Survey of College Graduates, 2003.

Most geoscience doctorate holders (79%) have a master’s degree.

Bachelor and Master's degrees of Ph.D. recipients. Source: Naitonal Science Foundation, National Survey of College Graduates, 2003.

Date updated: 2008-06-27
Data Brief 2008-008
Written and compiled by Leila Gonzales for AGI, June 2008

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