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Table 285. Bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by field of study and year: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2008-09
Degree and year Number of degrees conferred Percentage distribution of degrees conferred
Total degrees Humanities1 Social and behavioral sciences2 Natural sciences3 Computer sciences and engineering4 Education Business Other fields5 Total degrees Humanities1 Social and behavioral sciences2 Natural sciences3 Computer sciences and engineering4 Education Business Other fields5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Bachelor's
   degrees
                               
1970-71 839,730 143,571 193,511 81,894 52,570 176,307 115,396 76,481 100.0 17.1 23.0 9.8 6.3 21.0 13.7 9.1
1971-72 887,273 149,182 201,493 81,725 54,660 190,880 121,917 87,416 100.0 16.8 22.7 9.2 6.2 21.5 13.7 9.9
1972-73 922,362 153,288 203,910 85,964 55,688 193,984 126,717 102,811 100.0 16.6 22.1 9.3 6.0 21.0 13.7 11.1
1973-74 945,776 156,079 202,459 91,029 55,168 184,907 132,304 123,830 100.0 16.5 21.4 9.6 5.8 19.6 14.0 13.1
1974-75 922,933 152,654 186,435 90,527 52,164 166,758 133,639 140,756 100.0 16.5 20.2 9.8 5.7 18.1 14.5 15.3
                                 
1975-76 925,746 150,805 176,674 91,527 52,328 154,437 143,171 156,804 100.0 16.3 19.1 9.9 5.7 16.7 15.5 16.9
1976-77 919,549 146,400 164,901 90,098 55,889 143,234 152,010 167,017 100.0 15.9 17.9 9.8 6.1 15.6 16.5 18.2
1977-78 921,204 143,343 157,831 86,870 63,351 135,821 160,775 173,213 100.0 15.6 17.1 9.4 6.9 14.7 17.5 18.8
1978-79 921,390 138,127 150,756 83,671 71,617 125,873 172,392 178,954 100.0 15.0 16.4 9.1 7.8 13.7 18.7 19.4
1979-80 929,417 136,291 145,755 80,975 80,541 118,038 186,264 181,553 100.0 14.7 15.7 8.7 8.7 12.7 20.0 19.5
                                 
1980-81 935,140 134,214 141,581 78,017 90,476 108,074 200,521 182,257 100.0 14.4 15.1 8.3 9.7 11.6 21.4 19.5
1981-82 952,998 135,776 140,917 77,069 100,899 100,932 215,190 182,215 100.0 14.2 14.8 8.1 10.6 10.6 22.6 19.1
1982-83 969,510 133,865 135,688 75,435 114,376 97,908 226,442 185,796 100.0 13.8 14.0 7.8 11.8 10.1 23.4 19.2
1983-84 974,309 134,464 133,278 75,177 127,734 92,310 229,013 182,333 100.0 13.8 13.7 7.7 13.1 9.5 23.5 18.7
1984-85 979,477 132,903 131,470 76,932 136,220 88,078 232,282 181,592 100.0 13.6 13.4 7.9 13.9 9.0 23.7 18.5
                                 
1985-86 987,823 132,966 134,468 76,153 139,459 87,147 236,700 180,930 100.0 13.5 13.6 7.7 14.1 8.8 24.0 18.3
1986-87 991,264 137,316 139,494 74,294 133,327 86,788 240,346 179,699 100.0 13.9 14.1 7.5 13.5 8.8 24.2 18.1
1987-88 994,829 141,219 145,831 70,085 124,057 90,928 242,859 179,850 100.0 14.2 14.7 7.0 12.5 9.1 24.4 18.1
1988-89 1,018,755 150,309 157,234 68,153 116,542 96,740 246,262 183,515 100.0 14.8 15.4 6.7 11.4 9.5 24.2 18.0
1989-90 1,051,344 161,078 172,035 67,536 109,827 105,112 248,568 187,188 100.0 15.3 16.4 6.4 10.4 10.0 23.6 17.8
                                 
1990-91 1,094,538 172,590 183,762 70,104 104,910 110,807 249,165 203,200 100.0 15.8 16.8 6.4 9.6 10.1 22.8 18.6
1991-92 1,136,553 186,203 197,657 74,197 102,879 107,836 256,298 211,483 100.0 16.4 17.4 6.5 9.1 9.5 22.6 18.6
1992-93 1,165,178 194,804 202,634 78,786 103,181 107,578 256,473 221,722 100.0 16.7 17.4 6.8 8.9 9.2 22.0 19.0
1993-94 1,169,275 194,990 203,099 83,720 103,189 107,440 246,265 230,572 100.0 16.7 17.4 7.2 8.8 9.2 21.1 19.7
1994-95 1,160,134 192,909 200,387 88,445 103,306 105,929 233,895 235,263 100.0 16.6 17.3 7.6 8.9 9.1 20.2 20.3
                                 
1995-96 1,164,792 193,668 199,895 93,090 102,592 105,384 226,623 243,540 100.0 16.6 17.2 8.0 8.8 9.0 19.5 20.9
1996-97 1,172,879 193,940 199,199 95,576 101,179 105,116 225,934 251,935 100.0 16.5 17.0 8.1 8.6 9.0 19.3 21.5
1997-98 1,184,406 196,749 199,147 96,740 102,478 105,833 232,079 251,380 100.0 16.6 16.8 8.2 8.7 8.9 19.6 21.2
1998-99 1,200,303 203,092 198,294 94,859 103,239 107,086 240,947 252,786 100.0 16.9 16.5 7.9 8.6 8.9 20.1 21.1
1999-2000 1,237,875 210,984 201,295 92,754 111,207 108,034 256,070 257,531 100.0 17.0 16.3 7.5 9.0 8.7 20.7 20.8
                                 
2000-01 1,244,171 214,818 201,681 88,955 117,117 105,458 263,515 252,627 100.0 17.3 16.2 7.1 9.4 8.5 21.2 20.3
2001-02 1,291,900 227,307 209,649 89,164 125,044 106,295 278,217 256,224 100.0 17.6 16.2 6.9 9.7 8.2 21.5 19.8
2003-04 1,399,542 246,646 232,455 92,819 137,715 106,278 307,149 276,480 100.0 17.6 16.6 6.6 9.8 7.6 21.9 19.8
2004-05 1,439,264 256,151 242,506 97,867 133,854 105,451 311,574 291,861 100.0 17.8 16.8 6.8 9.3 7.3 21.6 20.3
2005-06 1,485,242 263,125 249,619 104,266 129,090 107,238 318,042 313,862 100.0 17.7 16.8 7.0 8.7 7.2 21.4 21.1
2006-07 1,524,092 267,489 254,222 111,178 124,242 105,641 327,531 333,789 100.0 17.6 16.7 7.3 8.2 6.9 21.5 21.9
                                 
2007-08 1,563,069 276,510 259,950 114,980 122,329 102,582 335,254 351,464 100.0 17.7 16.6 7.4 7.8 6.6 21.4 22.5
2008-09 1,601,368 280,456 262,771 118,718 122,630 101,708 347,985 367,100 100.0 17.5 16.4 7.4 7.7 6.4 21.7 22.9
                                 
Master's
   degrees
                               
1970-71 230,509 29,457 22,256 17,150 18,535 87,666 26,490 28,955 100.0 12.8 9.7 7.4 8.0 38.0 11.5 12.6
1971-72 251,633 30,630 24,209 17,449 19,276 96,668 30,509 32,892 100.0 12.2 9.6 6.9 7.7 38.4 12.1 13.1
1972-73 263,371 30,056 25,096 17,411 19,101 103,777 31,208 36,722 100.0 11.4 9.5 6.6 7.3 39.4 11.8 13.9
1973-74 277,033 31,375 26,089 17,258 18,127 110,402 32,691 41,091 100.0 11.3 9.4 6.2 6.5 39.9 11.8 14.8
1974-75 292,450 31,729 26,371 16,531 18,136 117,841 36,315 45,527 100.0 10.8 9.0 5.7 6.2 40.3 12.4 15.6
                                 
1975-76 311,771 31,377 26,120 15,738 19,403 126,061 42,592 50,480 100.0 10.1 8.4 5.0 6.2 40.4 13.7 16.2
1976-77 317,164 31,125 26,392 15,924 19,457 124,267 46,505 53,494 100.0 9.8 8.3 5.0 6.1 39.2 14.7 16.9
1977-78 311,620 30,276 25,000 15,524 19,925 116,916 48,347 55,632 100.0 9.7 8.0 5.0 6.4 37.5 15.5 17.9
1978-79 301,079 28,579 23,095 15,085 19,067 109,866 50,397 54,990 100.0 9.5 7.7 5.0 6.3 36.5 16.7 18.3
1979-80 298,081 28,869 22,114 14,349 20,412 101,819 55,008 55,510 100.0 9.7 7.4 4.8 6.8 34.2 18.5 18.6
                                 
1980-81 295,739 28,239 22,168 13,572 21,434 96,713 57,888 55,725 100.0 9.5 7.5 4.6 7.2 32.7 19.6 18.8
1981-82 295,546 28,385 21,949 13,840 23,410 91,601 61,251 55,110 100.0 9.6 7.4 4.7 7.9 31.0 20.7 18.6
1982-83 289,921 27,180 21,186 13,753 25,270 83,254 64,741 54,537 100.0 9.4 7.3 4.7 8.7 28.7 22.3 18.8
1983-84 284,263 27,862 20,102 13,732 27,387 75,700 66,129 53,351 100.0 9.8 7.1 4.8 9.6 26.6 23.3 18.8
1984-85 286,251 27,425 20,394 13,711 29,225 74,667 66,981 53,848 100.0 9.6 7.1 4.8 10.2 26.1 23.4 18.8
                                 
1985-86 288,567 27,572 20,409 14,034 30,216 74,816 66,676 54,844 100.0 9.6 7.1 4.9 10.5 25.9 23.1 19.0
1986-87 289,349 27,651 21,506 13,849 31,582 72,619 67,093 55,049 100.0 9.6 7.4 4.8 10.9 25.1 23.2 19.0
1987-88 299,317 27,546 20,900 13,966 33,036 75,270 69,230 59,369 100.0 9.2 7.0 4.7 11.0 25.1 23.1 19.8
1988-89 310,621 28,734 22,352 14,105 34,480 79,793 73,065 58,092 100.0 9.3 7.2 4.5 11.1 25.7 23.5 18.7
1989-90 324,301 30,456 22,364 13,940 34,971 84,890 76,676 61,004 100.0 9.4 6.9 4.3 10.8 26.2 23.6 18.8
                                 
1990-91 337,168 30,327 23,582 13,626 34,774 87,352 78,255 69,252 100.0 9.0 7.0 4.0 10.3 25.9 23.2 20.5
1991-92 352,838 32,309 24,361 13,714 36,085 91,225 84,517 70,627 100.0 9.2 6.9 3.9 10.2 25.9 24.0 20.0
1992-93 369,585 33,571 25,989 13,964 39,502 94,497 89,425 72,637 100.0 9.1 7.0 3.8 10.7 25.6 24.2 19.7
1993-94 387,070 34,354 28,284 14,720 40,740 97,427 93,285 78,260 100.0 8.9 7.3 3.8 10.5 25.2 24.1 20.2
1994-95 397,629 34,869 30,223 15,360 40,626 99,835 93,540 83,176 100.0 8.8 7.6 3.9 10.2 25.1 23.5 20.9
                                 
1995-96 406,301 34,965 30,164 16,002 39,525 104,936 93,554 87,155 100.0 8.6 7.4 3.9 9.7 25.8 23.0 21.5
1996-97 419,401 35,304 30,556 15,955 37,619 108,720 97,204 94,043 100.0 8.4 7.3 3.8 9.0 25.9 23.2 22.4
1997-98 430,164 35,354 30,080 15,525 39,092 113,374 101,652 95,087 100.0 8.2 7.0 3.6 9.1 26.4 23.6 22.1
1998-99 439,986 34,795 30,119 15,323 39,596 118,048 107,477 94,628 100.0 7.9 6.8 3.5 9.0 26.8 24.4 21.5
1999-2000 457,056 36,174 29,806 14,799 41,716 123,045 111,532 99,984 100.0 7.9 6.5 3.2 9.1 26.9 24.4 21.9
                                 
2000-01 468,476 35,661 30,330 15,213 44,183 127,829 115,602 99,658 100.0 7.6 6.5 3.2 9.4 27.3 24.7 21.3
2001-02 482,118 36,050 30,469 15,299 44,230 135,189 119,725 101,156 100.0 7.5 6.3 3.2 9.2 28.0 24.8 21.0
2003-04 558,940 40,477 34,008 17,418 55,340 162,345 139,347 110,005 100.0 7.2 6.1 3.1 9.9 29.0 24.9 19.7
2004-05 574,618 42,207 35,782 18,354 53,549 167,490 142,617 114,619 100.0 7.3 6.2 3.2 9.3 29.1 24.8 19.9
2005-06 594,065 44,018 37,139 19,333 50,585 174,620 146,406 121,964 100.0 7.4 6.3 3.3 8.5 29.4 24.6 20.5
2006-07 604,607 44,209 38,702 19,470 48,394 176,572 150,211 127,049 100.0 7.3 6.4 3.2 8.0 29.2 24.8 21.0
                                 
2007-08 625,023 46,629 39,926 20,444 51,679 175,880 155,637 134,828 100.0 7.5 6.4 3.3 8.3 28.1 24.9 21.6
2008-09 656,784 48,022 42,655 20,767 56,112 178,564 168,375 142,289 100.0 7.3 6.5 3.2 8.5 27.2 25.6 21.7
                                 
Doctor's
   degrees6 
                               
1970-71 32,107 4,410 5,804 9,118 3,816 6,041 774 2,144 100.0 13.7 18.1 28.4 11.9 18.8 2.4 6.7
1971-72 33,363 4,830 6,358 8,769 3,875 6,648 876 2,007 100.0 14.5 19.1 26.3 11.6 19.9 2.6 6.0
1972-73 34,777 5,452 6,784 8,598 3,709 6,857 917 2,460 100.0 15.7 19.5 24.7 10.7 19.7 2.6 7.1
1973-74 33,816 5,367 6,996 7,931 3,572 6,757 922 2,271 100.0 15.9 20.7 23.5 10.6 20.0 2.7 6.7
1974-75 34,083 5,377 7,125 7,867 3,394 6,975 939 2,406 100.0 15.8 20.9 23.1 10.0 20.5 2.8 7.1
                                 
1975-76 34,064 5,495 7,314 7,557 3,118 7,202 906 2,472 100.0 16.1 21.5 22.2 9.2 21.1 2.7 7.3
1976-77 33,232 5,285 7,188 7,417 2,838 7,338 839 2,327 100.0 15.9 21.6 22.3 8.5 22.1 2.5 7.0
1977-78 32,131 5,114 6,758 7,096 2,679 7,018 834 2,632 100.0 15.9 21.0 22.1 8.3 21.8 2.6 8.2
1978-79 32,730 5,468 6,599 7,201 2,781 7,170 852 2,659 100.0 16.7 20.2 22.0 8.5 21.9 2.6 8.1
1979-80 32,615 5,058 6,625 7,295 2,786 7,314 767 2,770 100.0 15.5 20.3 22.4 8.5 22.4 2.4 8.5
                                 
1980-81 32,958 4,876 6,698 7,424 2,860 7,279 808 3,013 100.0 14.8 20.3 22.5 8.7 22.1 2.5 9.1
1981-82 32,707 4,798 6,522 7,538 2,927 6,999 826 3,097 100.0 14.7 19.9 23.0 8.9 21.4 2.5 9.5
1982-83 32,775 4,697 6,533 7,242 3,133 7,063 770 3,337 100.0 14.3 19.9 22.1 9.6 21.5 2.3 10.2
1983-84 33,209 4,755 6,446 7,399 3,283 6,914 926 3,486 100.0 14.3 19.4 22.3 9.9 20.8 2.8 10.5
1984-85 32,943 4,599 6,298 7,456 3,517 6,614 827 3,632 100.0 14.0 19.1 22.6 10.7 20.1 2.5 11.0
                                 
1985-86 33,653 4,701 6,548 7,615 3,800 6,610 923 3,456 100.0 14.0 19.5 22.6 11.3 19.6 2.7 10.3
1986-87 34,041 4,688 6,978 7,749 4,228 5,905 1,062 3,431 100.0 13.8 20.5 22.8 12.4 17.3 3.1 10.1
1987-88 34,870 4,526 6,754 8,114 4,665 5,568 1,063 4,180 100.0 13.0 19.4 23.3 13.4 16.0 3.0 12.0
1988-89 35,720 4,620 7,028 8,196 5,123 5,884 1,100 3,769 100.0 12.9 19.7 22.9 14.3 16.5 3.1 10.6
1989-90 38,371 5,043 6,821 8,870 5,657 6,503 1,093 4,384 100.0 13.1 17.8 23.1 14.7 16.9 2.8 11.4
                                 
1990-91 39,294 4,976 6,944 9,260 6,006 6,189 1,185 4,734 100.0 12.7 17.7 23.6 15.3 15.8 3.0 12.0
1991-92 40,659 5,450 7,032 9,715 6,305 6,423 1,242 4,492 100.0 13.4 17.3 23.9 15.5 15.8 3.1 11.0
1992-93 42,132 5,627 7,560 10,081 6,699 6,581 1,346 4,238 100.0 13.4 17.9 23.9 15.9 15.6 3.2 10.1
1993-94 43,185 6,000 7,648 10,444 6,821 6,450 1,364 4,458 100.0 13.9 17.7 24.2 15.8 14.9 3.2 10.3
1994-95 44,446 6,450 7,977 10,483 7,060 6,475 1,391 4,610 100.0 14.5 17.9 23.6 15.9 14.6 3.1 10.4
                                 
1995-96 44,652 6,571 7,901 10,705 7,300 6,246 1,366 4,563 100.0 14.7 17.7 24.0 16.3 14.0 3.1 10.2
1996-97 45,876 6,561 8,496 10,645 7,107 6,297 1,336 5,434 100.0 14.3 18.5 23.2 15.5 13.7 2.9 11.8
1997-98 46,010 6,917 8,668 10,971 6,896 6,261 1,290 5,007 100.0 15.0 18.8 23.8 15.0 13.6 2.8 10.9
1998-99 44,077 6,629 8,550 10,256 6,262 6,394 1,201 4,785 100.0 15.0 19.4 23.3 14.2 14.5 2.7 10.9
1999-2000 44,808 6,991 8,826 10,218 6,200 6,409 1,194 4,970 100.0 15.6 19.7 22.8 13.8 14.3 2.7 11.1
                                 
2000-01 44,904 6,738 9,021 9,861 6,372 6,284 1,180 5,448 100.0 15.0 20.1 22.0 14.2 14.0 2.6 12.1
2001-02 44,160 6,458 8,661 9,506 5,997 6,549 1,156 5,833 100.0 14.6 19.6 21.5 13.6 14.8 2.6 13.2
2003-04 48,378 6,599 8,638 10,117 6,890 7,088 1,481 7,565 100.0 13.6 17.9 20.9 14.2 14.7 3.1 15.6
2004-05 52,631 6,806 8,925 10,868 7,720 7,681 1,498 9,133 100.0 12.9 17.0 20.6 14.7 14.6 2.8 17.4
2005-06 56,067 7,015 8,835 11,557 8,887 7,584 1,711 10,478 100.0 12.5 15.8 20.6 15.9 13.5 3.1 18.7
2006-07 60,616 7,214 8,997 12,551 9,718 8,261 2,029 11,846 100.0 11.9 14.8 20.7 16.0 13.6 3.3 19.5
                                 
2007-08 63,712 7,362 9,355 13,082 9,865 8,491 2,084 13,473 100.0 11.6 14.7 20.5 15.5 13.3 3.3 21.1
2008-09 67,716 7,736 9,711 13,540 9,570 9,028 2,123 16,008 100.0 11.4 14.3 20.0 14.1 13.3 3.1 23.6
1 Includes degrees in Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies; English language and literature/letters; Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics; Liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities; Multi/interdisciplinary studies; Philosophy and religious studies; Theology and religious vocations; and Visual and performing arts.
2 Includes Psychology; and Social sciences and history.
3 Includes Biological and biomedical sciences; Mathematics and statistics; and Physical sciences and science technologies.
4 Includes Computer and information sciences; Engineering; and Engineering technologies.
5 Includes Agriculture and natural resources; Architecture and related services; Communication, journalism, and related programs; Communications technologies; Family and consumer sciences/human sciences; Health professions and related clinical sciences; Legal professions and studies; Library science; Military technologies; Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies; Precision production; Public administration and social services; Security and protective services; Transportation and materials moving; and Not classified by field of study.
6 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.
NOTE: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 2002-03. 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/
technicians, Construction trades, and Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
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; and 1990-91 through 2008-09 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91-96), and Fall 2001 through Fall 2009. (This table was prepared August 2010.)
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