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Table 279. Degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by level of degree and sex of student: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2019-20
Year Associate's degrees Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees First-professional degrees Doctor's degrees1
Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1869-70 9,371 2  7,993 2  1,378 2  0 0 0 (3) (3) (3) 1 1 0
1879-80 12,896 2  10,411 2  2,485 2  879 868 11 (3) (3) (3) 54 51 3
1889-90 15,539 2  12,857 2  2,682 2  1,015 821 194 (3) (3) (3) 149 147 2
1899-1900 27,410 2  22,173 2  5,237 2  1,583 1,280 303 (3) (3) (3) 382 359 23
1909-10 37,199 2  28,762 2  8,437 2  2,113 1,555 558 (3) (3) (3) 443 399 44
                                     
1919-20 48,622 2  31,980 2  16,642 2  4,279 2,985 1,294 (3) (3) (3) 615 522 93
1929-30 122,484 2  73,615 2  48,869 2  14,969 8,925 6,044 (3) (3) (3) 2,299 1,946 353
1939-40 186,500 2  109,546 2  76,954 2  26,731 16,508 10,223 (3) (3) (3) 3,290 2,861 429
1949-50 432,058 2  328,841 2  103,217 2  58,183 41,220 16,963 (3) (3) (3) 6,420 5,804 616
1959-60 392,440 2  254,063 2  138,377 2  74,435 50,898 23,537 (3) (3) (3) 9,829 8,801 1,028
1969-70 206,023 117,432 88,591 792,316   451,097   341,219   208,291 125,624 82,667 34,918 33,077 1,841 29,866 25,890 3,976
                                     
1970-71 252,311 144,144 108,167 839,730   475,594   364,136   230,509 138,146 92,363 37,946 35,544 2,402 32,107 27,530 4,577
1971-72 292,014 166,227 125,787 887,273   500,590   386,683   251,633 149,550 102,083 43,411 40,723 2,688 33,363 28,090 5,273
1972-73 316,174 175,413 140,761 922,362   518,191   404,171   263,371 154,468 108,903 50,018 46,489 3,529 34,777 28,571 6,206
1973-74 343,924 188,591 155,333 945,776   527,313   418,463   277,033 157,842 119,191 53,816 48,530 5,286 33,816 27,365 6,451
1974-75 360,171 191,017 169,154 922,933   504,841   418,092   292,450 161,570 130,880 55,916 48,956 6,960 34,083 26,817 7,266
                                     
1975-76 391,454 209,996 181,458 925,746   504,925   420,821   311,771 167,248 144,523 62,649 52,892 9,757 34,064 26,267 7,797
1976-77 406,377 210,842 195,535 919,549   495,545   424,004   317,164 167,783 149,381 64,359 52,374 11,985 33,232 25,142 8,090
1977-78 412,246 204,718 207,528 921,204   487,347   433,857   311,620 161,212 150,408 66,581 52,270 14,311 32,131 23,658 8,473
1978-79 402,702 192,091 210,611 921,390   477,344   444,046   301,079 153,370 147,709 68,848 52,652 16,196 32,730 23,541 9,189
1979-80 400,910 183,737 217,173 929,417   473,611   455,806   298,081 150,749 147,332 70,131 52,716 17,415 32,615 22,943 9,672
                                     
1980-81 416,377 188,638 227,739 935,140   469,883   465,257   295,739 147,043 148,696 71,956 52,792 19,164 32,958 22,711 10,247
1981-82 434,526 196,944 237,582 952,998   473,364   479,634   295,546 145,532 150,014 72,032 52,223 19,809 32,707 22,224 10,483
1982-83 449,620 203,991 245,629 969,510   479,140   490,370   289,921 144,697 145,224 73,054 51,250 21,804 32,775 21,902 10,873
1983-84 452,240 202,704 249,536 974,309   482,319   491,990   284,263 143,595 140,668 74,468 51,378 23,090 33,209 22,064 11,145
1984-85 454,712 202,932 251,780 979,477   482,528   496,949   286,251 143,390 142,861 75,063 50,455 24,608 32,943 21,700 11,243
                                     
1985-86 446,047 196,166 249,881 987,823   485,923   501,900   288,567 143,508 145,059 73,910 49,261 24,649 33,653 21,819 11,834
1986-87 436,304 190,839 245,465 991,264   480,782   510,482   289,349 141,269 148,080 71,617 46,523 25,094 34,041 22,061 11,980
1987-88 435,085 190,047 245,038 994,829   477,203   517,626   299,317 145,163 154,154 70,735 45,484 25,251 34,870 22,615 12,255
1988-89 436,764 186,316 250,448 1,018,755   483,346   535,409   310,621 149,354 161,267 70,856 45,046 25,810 35,720 22,648 13,072
1989-90 455,102 191,195 263,907 1,051,344   491,696   559,648   324,301 153,653 170,648 70,988 43,961 27,027 38,371 24,401 13,970
                                     
1990-91 481,720 198,634 283,086 1,094,538   504,045   590,493   337,168 156,482 180,686 71,948 43,846 28,102 39,294 24,756 14,538
1991-92 504,231 207,481 296,750 1,136,553   520,811   615,742   352,838 161,842 190,996 74,146 45,071 29,075 40,659 25,557 15,102
1992-93 514,756 211,964 302,792 1,165,178   532,881   632,297   369,585 169,258 200,327 75,387 45,153 30,234 42,132 26,073 16,059
1993-94 530,632 215,261 315,371 1,169,275   532,422   636,853   387,070 176,085 210,985 75,418 44,707 30,711 43,185 26,552 16,633
1994-95 539,691 218,352 321,339 1,160,134   526,131   634,003   397,629 178,598 219,031 75,800 44,853 30,947 44,446 26,916 17,530
                                     
1995-96 555,216 219,514 335,702 1,164,792   522,454   642,338   406,301 179,081 227,220 76,734 44,748 31,986 44,652 26,841 17,811
1996-97 571,226 223,948 347,278 1,172,879   520,515   652,364   419,401 180,947 238,454 78,730 45,564 33,166 45,876 27,146 18,730
1997-98 558,555 217,613 340,942 1,184,406   519,956   664,450   430,164 184,375 245,789 78,598 44,911 33,687 46,010 26,664 19,346
1998-99 559,954 218,417 341,537 1,200,303   518,746   681,557   439,986 186,148 253,838 78,439 44,339 34,100 44,077 25,146 18,931
1999-2000 564,933 224,721 340,212 1,237,875   530,367   707,508   457,056 191,792 265,264 80,057 44,239 35,818 44,808 25,028 19,780
                                     
2000-01 578,865 231,645 347,220 1,244,171   531,840   712,331   468,476 194,351 274,125 79,707 42,862 36,845 44,904 24,728 20,176
2001-02 595,133 238,109 357,024 1,291,900   549,816   742,084   482,118 199,120 282,998 80,698 42,507 38,191 44,160 23,708 20,452
2002-03 634,016 253,451 380,565 1,348,811   573,258   775,553   513,339 211,664 301,675 80,897 41,887 39,010 46,042 24,351 21,691
2003-04 665,301 260,033 405,268 1,399,542   595,425   804,117   558,940 229,545 329,395 83,041 42,169 40,872 48,378 25,323 23,055
2004-05 696,660 267,536 429,124 1,439,264   613,000   826,264   574,618 233,590 341,028 87,289 43,849 43,440 52,631 26,973 25,658
                                     
2005-06 713,066 270,095 442,971 1,485,242   630,600   854,642   594,065 237,896 356,169 87,655 44,038 43,617 56,067 28,634 27,433
2006-07 728,114 275,187 452,927 1,524,092   649,570   874,522   604,607 238,189 366,418 90,064 45,057 45,007 60,616 30,251 30,365
2007-08 750,164 282,521 467,643 1,563,069   667,928   895,141   625,023 246,491 378,532 91,309 45,916 45,393 63,712 31,215 32,497
2008-09 787,325 298,141 489,184 1,601,368   685,382   915,986   656,784 259,998 396,786 92,004 46,900 45,104 67,716 32,279 35,437
2009-104  797,000 297,000 500,000 1,652,000   711,000   941,000   670,000 270,000 400,000 97,100 48,800 48,200 68,800 33,100 35,800
                                     
2010-114 818,000 303,000 515,000 1,696,000   732,000   964,000   687,000 280,000 407,000 100,700 51,000 49,700 71,700 34,100 37,700
2011-124 833,000 307,000 526,000 1,725,000   749,000   976,000   696,000 281,000 416,000 102,300 52,100 50,200 74,700 35,100 39,500
2012-134 845,000 309,000 535,000 1,744,000   755,000   989,000   709,000 283,000 426,000 103,100 52,300 50,700 77,600 36,200 41,400
2013-144  858,000 312,000 547,000 1,762,000   759,000   1,003,000   727,000 289,000 439,000 104,600 52,900 51,700 80,500 37,200 43,300
2014-154  876,000 315,000 561,000 1,786,000   765,000   1,021,000   750,000 297,000 453,000 107,200 53,800 53,300 83,400 38,200 45,100
                                     
2015-164  895,000 319,000 576,000 1,812,000   773,000   1,039,000   771,000 306,000 466,000 110,600 55,200 55,400 86,300 39,300 47,000
2016-174  915,000 323,000 592,000 1,844,000   784,000   1,060,000   791,000 313,000 478,000 113,900 56,500 57,400 89,200 40,300 48,900
2017-184  934,000 326,000 608,000 1,871,000   792,000   1,079,000   809,000 319,000 490,000 116,900 57,600 59,200 92,100 41,400 50,700
2018-194  955,000 330,000 624,000 1,899,000   800,000   1,099,000   827,000 324,000 502,000 119,500 58,600 60,900 95,000 42,400 52,600
2019-204  975,000 334,000 641,000 1,926,000   809,000   1,117,000   839,000 328,000 512,000 121,900 59,400 62,500 97,900 43,400 54,500
—Not available.
1 Includes Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level. Excludes first-professional, such as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees.
2 Includes first-professional degrees.
3 First-professional degrees are included with bachelor's degrees.
4 Projected.
NOTE: Data through 1994-95 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.) Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Earned Degrees Conferred, 1869-70 through 1964-65; Projections of Education Statistics to 2019; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1965-66 through 1985-86; and 1986-87 through 2008-09 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:87-99), and Fall 2000 through Fall 2009. (This table was prepared September 2010.)
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