Master’s Degree Recipient Debt, Percentage Borrowing and Average Borrowed, 2011-12

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Average debt per master’s degree recipient ranged from $21,900 for MBA recipients to $36,200 for master’s degree recipients in health and related sciences, public administration, social services, and other fields (“Other Master’s Degrees”).

Figure 2014_17B: Master’s Degree Recipient Debt, Percentage Borrowing, and Average Borrowed, 2011-12

Figure 17B represents Master’s Degree Recipient Debt, Percentage Borrowing, and Average Borrowed, 2011-12.  For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, see http://trends.collegeboard.org/student-aid.

Notes & Sources 

NOTE: Includes all loans ever borrowed for both graduate and undergraduate education for 2011-12 and prior years. “Other Master’s Degrees” are primarily in health and related sciences, public administration, social services, business, and visual and performing arts. Psychology, health fields, literature, and languages are the most common “Master of Arts” fields.

SOURCE: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2012.

  • Average debt per master’s degree recipient ranged from $21,900 for MBA recipients to $36,200 for master’s degree recipients in health and related sciences, public administration, social services, and other fields (“Other Master’s Degrees”).