Table 2. Graduate students in science in all institutions, by science field: 1975–2013
Year Total Agricultural
sciences
Biological
sciences
Communicationa Computer
sciences
Earth,
atmospheric, and
ocean sciences
Family and
consumer sciences
and human sciencesa
Mathematical
sciences
Multidisciplinary and
interdisciplinary
studiesa
Neurosciencea Physical sciences Psychologyb Social
sciences
1975 234,649 10,804 46,185 ne 8,415 12,079 ne 16,892 ne na 26,310 36,191 77,773
1976 238,675 11,427 47,453 ne 8,627 12,809 ne 17,071 ne na 26,641 37,458 77,189
1977 242,932 11,812 48,975 ne 9,108 13,446 ne 16,052 ne na 26,864 38,617 78,058
1978c 236,465 11,981 47,665 ne 9,847 13,268 ne 14,812 ne na 26,282 37,522 75,088
1979 247,235 12,365 47,932 ne 11,690 13,731 ne 15,031 ne na 26,701 39,766 80,019
1980 251,265 12,689 47,261 ne 13,578 14,051 ne 15,311 ne na 26,934 40,610 80,831
1981 252,404 12,585 46,302 ne 16,437 14,263 ne 15,881 ne na 27,360 40,666 78,910
1982 255,146 12,826 45,627 ne 19,812 15,018 ne 17,157 ne na 28,188 40,073 76,445
1983 255,820 12,728 45,253 ne 23,333 15,443 ne 17,358 ne na 29,463 40,905 71,337
1984 256,903 12,528 45,353 ne 25,526 15,500 ne 17,443 ne na 30,061 40,931 69,561
1985 261,973 11,846 45,709 ne 29,769 15,414 ne 17,563 ne na 30,987 40,721 69,964
1986 266,077 11,771 46,302 ne 31,349 15,053 ne 17,949 ne na 32,259 41,241 70,153
1987 269,256 11,405 46,317 ne 32,051 14,357 ne 18,508 ne na 32,741 42,612 71,265
1988 272,309 11,438 47,126 ne 32,227 13,854 ne 19,077 ne na 32,975 43,963 71,649
1989 278,577 11,461 48,449 ne 32,482 13,630 ne 19,247 ne na 33,629 45,528 74,151
1990 289,383 11,563 49,602 ne 34,257 13,977 ne 19,774 ne na 34,082 48,167 77,961
1991 299,057 11,766 51,365 ne 34,681 14,466 ne 19,952 ne na 34,724 51,343 80,760
1992 312,478 12,153 53,693 ne 36,325 15,324 ne 20,355 ne na 35,357 53,484 85,787
1993 318,851 12,305 55,950 ne 36,213 15,721 ne 20,000 ne na 35,328 54,557 88,777
1994 318,118 12,611 57,676 ne 34,158 15,957 ne 19,573 ne na 34,466 54,554 89,123
1995 315,265 12,768 58,344 ne 33,458 15,716 ne 18,504 ne na 33,399 53,641 89,435
1996 311,957 12,301 57,749 ne 34,626 15,183 ne 18,008 ne na 32,333 53,122 88,635
1997 306,482 12,203 56,705 ne 35,991 14,548 ne 16,719 ne na 31,105 53,126 86,085
1998 304,818 12,168 56,695 ne 38,027 14,258 ne 16,485 ne na 30,575 52,557 84,053
1999 309,491 12,312 56,959 ne 42,478 14,083 ne 16,257 ne na 30,691 51,727 84,984
2000 309,424 12,023 56,282 ne 47,350 13,941 ne 15,650 ne na 30,385 50,466 83,327
2001 319,736 12,235 57,639 ne 52,196 13,841 ne 16,651 ne na 31,038 50,454 85,682
2002 335,166 12,698 61,088 ne 55,269 14,240 ne 18,163 ne na 32,341 51,152 90,215
2003 347,268 13,197 64,701 ne 53,696 14,620 ne 19,465 ne na 34,298 52,162 95,129
2004 352,307 13,445 66,565 ne 50,016 15,131 ne 19,931 ne na 35,761 54,126 97,332
2005 357,710 13,123 68,479 ne 47,978 14,836 ne 20,210 ne na 36,375 57,282 99,427
2006 363,246 13,016 69,941 ne 47,653 14,920 ne 20,815 ne na 36,901 57,653 102,347
2007olda 372,120 13,222 71,663 ne 48,959 14,675 ne 21,335 ne na 37,111 60,284 104,871
2007newa 384,523 13,528 71,932 7,303 48,246 14,100 2,780 20,975 4,484 1,584 36,824 59,617 103,150
2008 391,419 14,153 72,666 8,444 49,553 14,389 3,549 21,400 5,559 2,012 37,319 58,991 103,384
2009 401,008 15,200 73,304 9,418 51,161 14,839 3,794 22,226 6,557 2,356 38,149 56,184 107,820
2010 407,291 15,656 74,928 9,825 51,546 15,655 4,191 23,136 7,944 2,798 38,973 53,419 109,220
2011 414,440 16,129 75,423 11,029 51,234 15,820 4,509 23,801 6,537 4,117 39,694 54,486 111,661
2012 413,033 16,234 76,447 11,010 51,789 16,069 4,110 24,575 6,038 4,547 39,928 54,117 108,169
2013 417,251 16,429 76,649 11,114 56,339 15,816 4,014 24,804 5,892 4,795 40,019 54,102 107,278

na = not applicable; data were not collected at this level of detail. ne = not eligible; data were not collected for this field prior to 2007.
a In 2007, eligible fields were reclassified, newly eligible fields were added, and the survey was redesigned to improve coverage and coding of eligible units. "2007new" presents data as collected in 2007; "2007old" shows data as they would have been collected in prior years. The science fields Communication and Family and consumer sciences and human sciences were newly eligible in 2007; data for these two fields begin in 2007new. The science field Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies was also added to the GSS code list in 2007; some data reported in this field were reported under other fields before 2007 and are included in those fields in 2007old. Neuroscience is reported as a separate field of science in 2007new; data were reported under health field Neurology in 2007old and previous years. See appendix A in http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf10307/ for more detail.
b Beginning with 2008, more rigorous follow-up was done with institutions regarding the exclusion of practitioner-oriented graduate degree programs in Psychology and in Other health (a subfield of health). This change may affect interpretation of trends in these fields.
c Master's-granting institutions were not surveyed in 1978; totals represent estimates based on 1977 and 1979 data.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.
Data from survey cycle Fall 2013, as of 8 August 2014.