The Most Popular Masters Programs

There are many reasons people apply to graduate school. Some people apply to a graduate program with hopes of one day becoming a professor or researcher, while others enter a graduate program in order to further their current career, especially in those areas where a graduate degree is necessary for advancement, such as social work or psychology.

Regardless of your reasons for applying to graduate school, the number of people applying to your desired graduate program may be of interest to you. If you are planning on pursuing a graduate degree for professional reasons, knowing the number of people with intentions of obtaining the same degree (and ultimately competing for similar jobs) helps you to determine how competitive your field will be. On the other hand, if you are planning on pursing a graduate degree for academic purposes, the number of applicants in a given field will give you an idea of how large the field itself is, which can have a substantial impact on the amount of funding researchers receive in grant money.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has compiled statistics for the number of students taking the GRE with the purpose of attending specific graduate programs, and these numbers are given below. The ETS statistics are intended to give you an idea of the size of the applicant pool, as well as the size of the graduate program itself.
Graduate Program Number of Students taking the GRE with intentions of applying to the specific program

Health and Medical Sciences

60,491

Psychology

45,930

Biological Sciences

35,249

Computer and Informational Sciences

26,728

Electrical Engineering

23,507

Political Science

15,787

Communications

15,289

English/Literature

15,188

Agriculture

10,148

Social Work

9,509

Architecture

8,079

History

7,957

Chemistry

7,686

Secondary Education

7,547

Earth, Atmospheric, and Marine Sciences

7,482

Civil Engineering

7,300

Mechanical Engineering

7,154

Mathematical Sciences

6,926

Economics

6,904

Elementary Education

6,710

Performance and Studio Art

6,700

Physics and Astronomy

5,897