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Digest of Education Statistics: 2017
Digest of Education Statistics: 2017

NCES 2018-070
January 2018


Table 318.60. Number of postsecondary institutions conferring degrees, by control of institution, level of degree, and field of study: 2015-16
Field of study All institutions Public institutions Private nonprofit institutions Private for-profit institutions
Asso- ciate's degrees Bache- lor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's de-grees1 Asso- ciate's degrees Bache- lor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's de-grees1 Asso- ciate's degrees Bache- lor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's de-grees1 Asso- ciate's degrees Bache- lor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's de- grees1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
All fields, total 2,759 2,447 1,920 981 1,238 677 537 338 645 1,331 1,154 576 876 439 229 67
Agriculture and natural resources 505 763 241 106 479 332 182 97 25 421 56 9 1 10 3 0
Architecture and related services 78 191 159 37 73 120 104 28 5 68 53 9 0 3 2 0
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 76 492 150 55 69 239 99 36 7 253 51 19 0 0 0 0
Biological and biomedical sciences 291 1,367 501 267 268 535 346 186 22 827 155 81 1 5 0 0
Business 1,827 1,905 1,253 216 1,078 612 442 108 280 952 643 75 469 341 168 33
                                 
Communication, journalism, and related programs 322 1,178 354 81 288 464 223 63 22 680 126 18 12 34 5 0
Communications technologies 308 183 25 1 270 54 6 0 8 81 15 1 30 48 4 0
Computer and information sciences 1,304 1,419 520 173 904 529 292 117 84 667 168 53 316 223 60 3
Construction trades 354 8 0 0 318 8 0 0 11 0 0 0 25 0 0 0
Education 712 1,254 1,192 436 615 472 470 233 64 749 649 171 33 33 73 32
                                 
Engineering 362 542 330 215 347 299 216 155 11 232 111 60 4 11 3 0
Engineering technologies and engineering-
    related fields2
972 325 178 24 840 235 119 15 39 64 56 9 93 26 3 0
English language and literature/letters 194 1,346 495 150 189 523 320 102 4 813 173 48 1 10 2 0
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 526 347 156 50 503 206 107 40 12 131 46 9 11 10 3 1
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 199 902 224 100 194 402 164 69 5 498 60 31 0 2 0 0
                                 
Health professions and related programs 1,875 1,519 1,088 558 1,062 561 413 248 234 732 540 280 579 226 135 30
Homeland security, law enforcement, and
    firefighting
1,208 991 332 30 853 357 174 25 108 427 120 4 247 207 38 1
Legal professions and studies 610 239 162 216 395 77 63 85 56 114 92 120 159 48 7 11
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
    and humanities
1,390 904 175 15 1,096 384 93 8 284 500 80 6 10 20 2 1
Library science 31 8 66 12 31 6 52 10 0 1 14 2 0 1 0 0
                                 
Mathematics and statistics 221 1,200 349 175 215 501 267 123 6 697 82 52 0 2 0 0
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 716 22 0 0 635 14 0 0 22 7 0 0 59 1 0 0
Military technologies and applied sciences 9 14 8 0 7 6 3 0 0 6 5 0 2 2 0 0
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 399 981 382 123 368 391 215 87 28 556 161 36 3 34 6 0
Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies 321 856 298 49 280 349 208 42 17 499 84 6 24 8 6 1
                                 
Philosophy and religious studies 84 920 231 122 66 317 94 61 18 602 137 60 0 1 0 1
Physical sciences and science technologies 368 1,105 330 220 357 485 243 153 10 619 87 67 1 1 0 0
Precision production 400 5 2 0 374 0 0 0 9 5 2 0 17 0 0 0
Psychology 255 1,465 698 335 213 533 329 165 27 880 333 143 15 52 36 27
Public administration and social services 345 808 546 129 290 360 303 86 32 409 192 41 23 39 51 2
                                 
Social sciences and history 282 1,372 470 196 257 533 320 136 21 820 146 59 4 19 4 1
Social sciences 265 1,281 392 182 244 515 265 128 18 749 123 53 3 17 4 1
History 159 1,239 356 142 154 492 272 98 4 742 83 44 1 5 1 0
Theology and religious vocations 100 421 372 156 1 1 0 0 98 418 370 153 1 2 2 3
Transportation and materials moving 102 85 15 3 91 53 7 1 7 31 7 2 4 1 1 0
Visual and performing arts 772 1,456 467 112 592 497 253 75 58 839 196 36 122 120 18 1
1 Includes Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level, as well as such degrees as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees.
2 Excludes "Construction trades" and "Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians," which are listed separately.
NOTE: Data are for degree-granting postsecondary institutions, which are institutions that 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 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): "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, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2016, Completions component. (This table was prepared March 2018.)