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Virginia Tech

Science, Technology and Society (30.1501)
Master's Degree
Enrollment, Awards, Wages, Debt, and Other Outcomes




Science & Tech Studies
Program Status: Active/Approved to Enroll Students and Confer Degrees
Degree Title: MS
2010 CIP Code: 301501

Credit HoursProgram Offered
On-Campus:YesYes
Off-Campus:YesYes

Date Progam Approved to Confer Degrees:  09/1986
Program authorized for distance learning
Enrollments and Awards
Academic YearFall HeadcountAnnual FTEDegrees
2018-191259
2019-2012510
2020-211369
2021-221258
2022-231568

Average time-to-completion in yearsAverage credits-to-completionAverage monthly earnings six months after graduation
$ 7,860




The table to the right provides the degree award history of each the last five years, disaggregated by state residency. This breakout may may help explain why a relatively low percentage of program completers may appear to be working in Virginia.



Program Graduates by Domicile
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateTotal
2018-19819
2019-207310
2020-21459
2021-22448
2022-23628
Five Year Summary291544
Distribution by Gender and Race/Ethnicity within Five-year Totals,


YearForeign/ InternationalAfrican Am. or Black (NH)Am. Indian/ Native Am. (NH)Asian/ Pacific Islander (NH)HispanicWhite, Caucasian Am. (NH)Multi-Race (NH)Unknown/ Unreported (NH)Total
Sum of the Last 5 Years830044226444



Wages Earned in 2020

The table below shows the wage data for the select program and places it in the context of all wages at the same degree level of this institution by graduates with at least three (3) quarters of employment.





Post-Completion Wage Outcomes, Earnings in 2022
Graduation YearGrads (n)Grads w/Wages (n)25th PercentileMedian Wage75th Percentile
2011-12 (10 years)3716%
2013-14 (8 years)4132%$77,260$88,979$181,288
2016-17 (5 years)5422%$56,231$81,874$170,119
2018-19 (3 years)5018%
2020-21 (18 months)4626%$80,026$112,633$129,818



Student Debt of Graduates
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Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-181122.4%$ 18,250$ 28,110$ 31,928$ 41,000
2014-15 to 2018-191020.0%$ 18,250$ 27,555$ 28,211$ 37,945
2015-16 to 2019-20
2016-17 to 2020-21
2017-18 to 2021-22
Note: Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity is not available.
Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation, Including Parent-PLUS and Grad-PLUS
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-181122.4%$ 18,250$ 28,110$ 33,379$ 43,647
2014-15 to 2018-191020.0%$ 18,250$ 27,555$ 29,665$ 40,239
2015-16 to 2019-20
2016-17 to 2020-21
2017-18 to 2021-22


More Details on Enrollment History.


More Details on Degree Awards History.


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