Mapping Old Post-baccalaureate Award Levels With New Award Levels
- As of the Fall 2010-11 Data Collection, all IPEDS institutions are required to use the new post-baccalaureate award levels.
- Changes to the award levels affect only post-baccalaureate award levels.
- The changes can be briefly be summarized as the elimination of the first-professional degree (Award level 10) and first-professional certificate (Award level 11), and the expansion of the doctor’s degree (Award level 9) into three categories: Doctor’s degree-research/scholarship (Award level 17), Doctor’s degree- professional practice (Award level 18) and, Doctor’s degree- Other (Award level 19).
- Ultimately, IPEDS institutions have the discretion to decide how to recode their post-baccalaureate awards; this tip sheet simply provides suggestions on how to do this recoding.
|Old Award Level Code||Old Award Level Description||New Award Level Code||New Award Level Description|
|7||Master’s degree||7||Master’s degree|
|8||Post-master’s certificate||8||Post-master’s certificate|
|9||Doctor’s degree||17||Doctor’s degree-research/scholarship|
|18||Doctor’s degree-professional practice|
|10||First- professional degree (D.C, D.C.M, D.D.S,D.M.D., M.D., O.D., D.O., Pharm.D., D.P.M.,D.P., Pod.D., D.V.M., L.L.B, J.D.)||17||Doctor’s degree-research/scholarship|
|18||Doctor’s degree-professional practice*|
|10||First-professional degree (M.Div, M.H.L, B.D., Ordination)||7||Master’s degree|
|11||First-professional certificate||8||Post-master’s certificate|
*While most doctoral level first-professional degrees will typically be re-coded as 18 Doctor’s degree-professional practice, schools may elect to recode them in another doctor’s degree category.