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Table 288. Degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by control of institution, level of degree, and field of study: 2008-09
Field of study Public institutions Private institutions
Associate's degrees Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's degrees1 Associate's degrees Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's degrees1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
All fields, total 596,098 1,020,435 308,206 39,911 191,227 580,933 348,578 27,805
Agriculture and natural resources 5,487 21,592 4,053 1,228 237 3,396 824 100
Architecture and related services 584 7,278 3,986 161 12 2,841 2,601 51
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies 156 5,568 1,063 130 17 3,204 716 109
Biological and biomedical sciences 2,302 55,336 6,079 4,793 62 25,420 3,819 2,164
Business 70,489 191,485 58,543 880 57,359 156,500 109,832 1,243
                 
Communications, journalism, and related programs 2,132 54,476 3,484 438 590 23,533 3,608 95
Communications technologies 2,678 1,120 65 0 2,125 3,980 410 2
Computer and information sciences 13,359 18,048 8,943 1,030 16,647 19,946 8,964 550
Construction trades 3,466 157 0 0 786 11 0 0
Education 12,751 73,019 83,513 5,181 1,372 28,689 95,051 3,847
                 
Engineering 2,006 52,763 22,684 5,781 175 16,370 12,066 2,150
Engineering technologies2  19,992 11,921 1,803 22 10,442 3,191 1,652 37
English language and literature/letters 1,513 38,912 5,989 984 12 16,550 3,272 287
Family and consumer sciences 8,078 18,380 1,674 248 942 3,525 779 85
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,288 14,581 2,588 747 339 6,577 1,004 364
Health professions and related clinical sciences 112,527 72,555 29,802 5,554 52,636 47,933 32,818 6,558
Legal professions and studies 4,933 2,055 1,267 62 4,129 1,767 3,883 197
                 
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
   and humanities
251,285 32,392 1,448 25 12,568 14,704 2,280 42
Library science 116 78 5,811 35 0 0 1,280 0
Mathematics and statistics 922 10,324 3,793 1,092 8 5,172 1,418 443
                 
Mechanics and repair technologies 9,616 164 0 0 6,450 59 0 0
Military technologies 660 42 0 0 61 13 3 0
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 14,932 26,330 3,155 723 527 11,114 2,189 550
Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies 1,159 23,735 3,759 258 428 7,932 1,063 27
Philosophy and religious studies 88 5,685 724 262 103 6,759 1,135 424
                 
Physical sciences and science technologies 3,523 15,329 4,266 3,548 94 7,137 1,392 1,500
Precision production 1,917 6 0 0 209 23 10 0
Psychology 2,452 63,030 7,907 2,316 1,497 31,241 15,508 3,161
Public administration and social service
   professions
3,882 15,419 20,987 494 296 8,432 12,946 318
Security and protective services 21,207 25,800 2,694 85 11,826 16,000 3,434 12
                 
Social sciences and history 9,047 113,455 10,785 2,737 95 55,045 8,455 1,497
Social sciences 8,570 90,303 8,328 2,149 87 43,486 7,370 1,167
History 477 23,152 2,457 588 8 11,559 1,085 330
Theology and religious vocations 1 2 0 0 674 8,938 7,541 1,520
Transportation and materials moving 819 2,186 65 0 611 3,003 983 0
Visual and performing arts 10,731 47,212 7,276 1,097 7,898 41,928 7,642 472
Other and unclassified 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Includes Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level. Excludes first-professional degrees, such as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees.
2 Excludes "Construction trades" and "Mechanics and repair technologies," which are listed separately.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. To facilitate trend comparisons, certain aggregations have been made of the degree fields as reported in the IPEDS Fall survey: "Agriculture and natural resources" includes Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences and Natural resources and conservation; and "Business" includes Business management, marketing, and related support services and Personal and culinary services.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2008-09 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2009. (This table was prepared September 2010.)
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