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Table 288. Doctor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2009-10
Field of study 1970-71 1975-76 1980-81 1985-86 1990-91 1995-96 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Total 64,998 91,007 98,016 100,280 105,547 115,507 116,700 118,736 119,585 119,663 121,579 126,087 134,387 138,056 144,690 149,378 154,425 158,558
Agriculture and natural resources 1,086 928 1,067 1,158 1,185 1,259 1,249 1,168 1,127 1,148 1,229 1,185 1,173 1,194 1,272 1,257 1,328 1,147
Architecture and related services 36 82 93 73 135 141 119 129 153 183 152 173 179 201 178 199 212 210
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 143 186 161 156 159 183 187 205 216 212 186 209 189 226 233 270 239 253
Biological and biomedical sciences 3,603 3,347 3,640 3,405 4,152 5,250 5,250 5,463 5,225 5,104 5,268 5,538 5,935 6,162 6,764 7,400 7,499 7,666
Business 774 906 808 923 1,185 1,366 1,216 1,194 1,180 1,156 1,252 1,481 1,498 1,711 2,029 2,084 2,123 2,245
                                     
Communication, journalism, and related programs 145 196 171 212 259 338 343 347 368 374 394 418 465 461 479 489 533 570
Communications technologies 0 8 11 6 13 7 5 10 2 9 4 8 3 3 1 7 2 3
Computer and information sciences 128 244 252 344 676 869 806 779 768 752 816 909 1,119 1,416 1,595 1,698 1,580 1,599
Education 6,041 7,202 7,279 6,610 6,189 6,246 6,471 6,409 6,284 6,549 6,832 7,088 7,681 7,584 8,261 8,491 9,028 9,233
Engineering 3,687 2,872 2,598 3,444 5,316 6,304 5,384 5,336 5,485 5,123 5,195 5,801 6,413 7,243 7,867 7,922 7,742 7,704
                                     
Engineering technologies 1 2 10 12 14 50 29 31 62 58 57 58 54 75 61 55 59 67
English language and literature/letters 1,554 1,514 1,040 895 1,056 1,395 1,412 1,470 1,330 1,291 1,246 1,207 1,212 1,254 1,178 1,262 1,271 1,332
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 123 178 247 307 229 375 322 327 354 311 376 329 331 340 337 323 333 296
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,084 1,245 931 768 889 1,020 1,049 1,086 1,078 1,003 1,042 1,031 1,027 1,074 1,059 1,078 1,111 1,091
Health professions and related programs 15,988 25,267 29,595 31,922 29,842 32,678 35,939 37,829 39,019 39,435 39,799 41,861 44,201 45,677 48,943 51,675 54,709 57,746
                                     
Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting 1 9 21 21 28 38 47 52 44 49 72 54 94 80 85 88 97 106
Legal professions and studies 17,441 32,369 36,391 35,898 38,035 39,919 38,355 38,226 38,190 39,060 39,172 40,328 43,521 43,569 43,629 43,880 44,304 44,626
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
   and humanities
32 162 121 90 70 75 81 83 102 113 78 95 109 84 77 76 67 96
Library science 39 71 71 62 56 53 58 68 58 45 62 47 42 44 52 64 35 64
Mathematics and statistics 1,199 856 728 742 978 1,158 1,107 1,075 997 923 1,007 1,060 1,176 1,293 1,351 1,360 1,535 1,592
                                     
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 101 156 236 352 306 549 504 509 512 484 634 580 626 600 683 660 731 631
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 2 15 42 39 28 104 139 134 177 151 199 222 207 194 218 228 285 266
Philosophy and religious studies 555 556 411 480 464 550 578 598 600 610 662 595 586 578 637 635 686 667
Physical sciences and science technologies 4,324 3,388 3,105 3,521 4,248 4,589 4,229 4,017 3,968 3,824 3,939 3,937 4,248 4,642 5,041 4,994 5,237 5,063
Psychology 2,144 3,157 3,576 3,593 3,932 4,141 4,678 4,731 5,091 4,759 4,835 4,827 5,106 4,921 5,153 5,296 5,477 5,540
                                     
Public administration and social services 174 292 362 382 430 499 534 537 574 571 599 649 673 704 726 760 812 838
Social sciences and history 3,660 4,157 3,122 2,955 3,012 3,760 3,873 4,095 3,930 3,902 3,850 3,811 3,819 3,914 3,844 4,059 4,234 4,238
Theology and religious vocations 312 1,022 1,273 1,185 1,076 1,517 1,433 1,630 1,461 1,350 1,329 1,304 1,422 1,429 1,573 1,615 1,587 2,070
Transportation and materials moving 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Visual and performing arts 621 620 654 722 838 1,067 1,117 1,127 1,167 1,114 1,293 1,282 1,278 1,383 1,364 1,453 1,569 1,599
Not classified by field of study 0 0 0 0 747 7 186 71 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NOTE: Data through 1990-91 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. (See Appendix A: Guide to Sources for details.) The new Classification of Instructional Programs was initiated in 2009-10. Includes Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level, as well as such degrees as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees. The figures for earlier years have been reclassified when necessary to make them conform to the new taxonomy. To facilitate trend comparisons, certain aggregations have been made of the degree fields as reported in the IPEDS "Completions Survey": "Agriculture and natural resources" includes Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences and Natural resources and conservation; "Business" includes Business, management, marketing, and related support services and Personal and culinary services; and "Engineering technologies" includes Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Construction trades, and Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1970-71 through 1985-86; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91-99); and IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010, Completions component. (This table was prepared July 2011.)
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