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Projections of Education Statistics to 2021

NCES 2013-008
January 2013

Section 6. Postsecondary Degrees Conferred: Degrees, by Level of Degree and Sex of Recipient


Figure 24. Actual and projected numbers for associate's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22

Figure 24.	Actual and projected numbers for associate's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22


NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:97-99); IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010 Completions component; and Degrees Conferred Model, 1980-81 through 2009-10. (This figure was prepared March 2012.)

Associate's degrees

The total number of associate's degrees

  • increased 49 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 21 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of associate's degrees awarded to men

  • increased 44 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 19 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of associate's degrees awarded to women

  • increased 52 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 23 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

For more information: Table 32

Figure 25. Actual and projected numbers for bachelor's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22

Figure 25.	Actual and projected numbers for bachelor's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22


NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:97-99); IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010 Completions component; and Degrees Conferred Model, 1980-81 through 2009-10. (This figure was prepared March 2012.)

Bachelor's degrees

The total number of bachelor's degrees

  • increased 41 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 21 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of bachelor's degrees awarded to men

  • increased 36 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 19 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of bachelor's degrees awarded to women

  • increased 45 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 23 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

For more information: Table 33

Figure 26. Actual and projected numbers for master's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22

Figure 26.	Actual and projected numbers for master's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22


NOTE: Includes some degrees formerly classified as first professional such as divinity degrees (M.Div. and M.H.L./Rav). All data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:97-99); IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010 Completions component; and Degrees Conferred Model, 1980-81 through 2009-10. (This figure was prepared March 2012.)

Master's degrees

The total number of master's degrees

  • increased 63 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 34 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of master's degrees awarded to men

  • increased 49 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 29 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of master's degrees awarded to women

  • increased 74 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 38 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

For more information: Table 34

Figure 27. Actual and projected numbers for doctor's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22

Figure 27.	Actual and projected numbers for doctor's degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex of recipient: Academic years 1996-97 through 2021-22


NOTE: Doctor's degrees include Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level. Includes most degrees formerly classified as first-professional, such as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:97-99); IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010 Completions component; and Degrees Conferred Model, 1980-81 through 2009-10. (This figure was prepared March 2012.)

Doctor's degrees

  • increased 34 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 24 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of doctor's degrees awarded to men

  • increased 12 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 19 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

The number of doctor's degrees awarded to women

  • increased 63 percent between 1996-97 and 2009-10; and
  • is projected to increase 29 percent between 2009-10 and 2021-22.

For more information: Table 35


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