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CIP 2020

What is the CIP?

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. CIP was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 1980, with revisions occurring in 1985, 1990, and 2000. For information about these early revisions to the CIP, click here or access specific links to historical versions from the resources page. For information about CIP 2010, click the 'change year' dropdown on this site to see the available versions.


CIP Wizard Users can view a list of CIP codes used by a postsecondary institution for their last three years of Completions data and how these codes map on to the latest version of the CIP. Users can also generate custom reports by selecting specific CIP codes to see how they map to the latest version of the CIP.