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Table 315. Doctor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2010-11
Field of study 1970-71 1975-76 1980-81 1985-86 1990-91 1995-96 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Total 64,998 91,007 98,016 100,280 105,547 115,507 118,736 119,585 119,663 121,579 126,087 134,387 138,056 144,690 149,378 154,425 158,558 163,765
Agriculture and natural resources 1,086 928 1,067 1,158 1,185 1,259 1,168 1,127 1,148 1,229 1,185 1,173 1,194 1,272 1,257 1,328 1,147 1,246
Architecture and related services 36 82 93 73 135 141 129 153 183 152 173 179 201 178 199 212 210 205
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 143 186 161 156 159 183 205 216 212 186 209 189 226 233 270 239 253 278
Biological and biomedical sciences 3,603 3,347 3,640 3,405 4,152 5,250 5,463 5,225 5,104 5,268 5,538 5,935 6,162 6,764 7,400 7,499 7,666 7,693
Business 774 906 808 923 1,185 1,366 1,194 1,180 1,156 1,252 1,481 1,498 1,711 2,029 2,084 2,123 2,245 2,286
                                     
Communication, journalism, and related programs 145 196 171 212 259 338 347 368 374 394 418 465 461 479 489 533 570 577
Communications technologies 0 8 11 6 13 7 10 2 9 4 8 3 3 1 7 2 3 1
Computer and information sciences 128 244 252 344 676 869 779 768 752 816 909 1,119 1,416 1,595 1,698 1,580 1,599 1,588
Education 6,041 7,202 7,279 6,610 6,189 6,246 6,409 6,284 6,549 6,832 7,088 7,681 7,584 8,261 8,491 9,028 9,233 9,623
Engineering 3,687 2,872 2,598 3,444 5,316 6,304 5,336 5,485 5,123 5,195 5,801 6,413 7,243 7,867 7,922 7,742 7,704 8,369
                                     
Engineering technologies 1 2 10 12 14 50 31 62 58 57 58 54 75 61 55 59 67 56
English language and literature/letters 1,554 1,514 1,040 895 1,056 1,395 1,470 1,330 1,291 1,246 1,207 1,212 1,254 1,178 1,262 1,271 1,332 1,344
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 123 178 247 307 229 375 327 354 311 376 329 331 340 337 323 333 296 320
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,084 1,245 931 768 889 1,020 1,086 1,078 1,003 1,042 1,031 1,027 1,074 1,059 1,078 1,111 1,091 1,158
Health professions and related programs 15,988 25,267 29,595 31,922 29,842 32,678 37,829 39,019 39,435 39,799 41,861 44,201 45,677 48,943 51,675 54,709 57,746 60,153
                                     
Homeland security, law enforcement,
    and firefighting
1 9 21 21 28 38 52 44 49 72 54 94 80 85 88 97 106 131
Legal professions and studies 17,441 32,369 36,391 35,898 38,035 39,919 38,226 38,190 39,060 39,172 40,328 43,521 43,569 43,629 43,880 44,304 44,626 44,877
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,                                    
and humanities 32 162 121 90 70 75 83 102 113 78 95 109 84 77 76 67 96 95
Library science 39 71 71 62 56 53 68 58 45 62 47 42 44 52 64 35 64 50
Mathematics and statistics 1,199 856 728 742 978 1,158 1,075 997 923 1,007 1,060 1,176 1,293 1,351 1,360 1,535 1,592 1,586
                                     
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 101 156 236 352 306 549 509 512 484 634 580 626 600 683 660 731 631 660
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 2 15 42 39 28 104 134 177 151 199 222 207 194 218 228 285 266 257
Philosophy and religious studies 555 556 411 480 464 550 598 600 610 662 595 586 578 637 635 686 667 805
Physical sciences and science technologies 4,324 3,388 3,105 3,521 4,248 4,589 4,017 3,968 3,824 3,939 3,937 4,248 4,642 5,041 4,994 5,237 5,063 5,295
Psychology 2,144 3,157 3,576 3,593 3,932 4,141 4,731 5,091 4,759 4,835 4,827 5,106 4,921 5,153 5,296 5,477 5,540 5,851
                                     
Public administration and social services 174 292 362 382 430 499 537 574 571 599 649 673 704 726 760 812 838 851
Social sciences and history 3,660 4,157 3,122 2,955 3,012 3,760 4,095 3,930 3,902 3,850 3,811 3,819 3,914 3,844 4,059 4,234 4,238 4,390
Theology and religious vocations 312 1,022 1,273 1,185 1,076 1,517 1,630 1,461 1,350 1,329 1,304 1,422 1,429 1,573 1,615 1,587 2,070 2,374
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 1,127 1,167 1,114 1,293 1,282 1,278 1,383 1,364 1,453 1,569 1,599 1,646
Not classified by field of study 0 0 0 0 747 7 71 63 0 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 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 2011, Completions component. (This table was prepared May 2012.)
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