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Table 318.60. Number of postsecondary institutions conferring degrees, by control of institution, level of degree, and field of study: 2016-17
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 2,701 2,445 1,924 1,016 1,234 686 543 350 654 1,339 1,160 596 813 420 221 70
Agriculture and natural resources 506 780 234 106 481 343 180 97 24 425 50 9 1 12 4 0
Architecture and related services 71 194 161 42 68 120 106 32 3 71 53 10 0 3 2 0
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 74 470 146 60 71 234 97 40 3 236 49 20 0 0 0 0
Biological and biomedical sciences 292 1,377 507 270 272 539 341 185 19 832 165 85 1 6 1 0
Business 1,765 1,891 1,263 222 1,074 619 443 109 275 956 660 82 416 316 160 31
                                 
Communication, journalism, and related programs 318 1,183 363 81 288 464 225 63 18 680 133 18 12 39 5 0
Communications technologies 307 176 24 0 273 55 7 0 9 77 14 0 25 44 3 0
Computer and information sciences 1,272 1,412 549 176 896 535 301 118 95 669 180 55 281 208 68 3
Construction trades 363 6 0 0 325 6 0 0 12 0 0 0 26 0 0 0
Education 710 1,261 1,187 445 616 480 473 239 68 744 649 178 26 37 65 28
                                 
Engineering 387 558 339 215 369 302 225 152 10 244 111 63 8 12 3 0
Engineering technologies and engineering-
    related fields2
951 328 189 24 834 234 123 14 40 64 61 10 77 30 5 0
English language and literature/letters 209 1,338 499 153 198 521 324 105 9 808 173 48 2 9 2 0
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 511 344 165 52 490 206 113 39 11 130 47 12 10 8 5 1
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 205 896 220 98 200 406 164 65 5 488 56 33 0 2 0 0
                                 
Health professions and related programs 1,871 1,532 1,122 586 1,055 564 415 257 245 747 565 294 571 221 142 35
Homeland security, law enforcement, and
    firefighting
1,188 1,003 340 28 857 359 178 24 115 445 127 3 216 199 35 1
Legal professions and studies 568 252 173 217 381 83 66 87 46 122 96 119 141 47 11 11
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
    and humanities
1,388 918 165 15 1,095 391 89 7 284 507 74 7 9 20 2 1
Library science 31 8 63 10 31 7 51 9 0 0 12 1 0 1 0 0
                                 
Mathematics and statistics 220 1,187 352 182 216 502 265 129 4 683 87 53 0 2 0 0
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 715 18 0 0 636 11 0 0 23 7 0 0 56 0 0 0
Military technologies and applied sciences 10 18 10 0 8 6 3 0 0 10 7 0 2 2 0 0
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 418 991 393 135 386 406 216 96 28 549 163 39 4 36 14 0
Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies 337 864 314 44 297 352 213 39 16 504 94 4 24 8 7 1
                                 
Philosophy and religious studies 87 902 230 117 67 316 92 58 20 585 138 58 0 1 0 1
Physical sciences and science technologies 368 1,114 331 221 356 482 245 154 12 631 86 67 0 1 0 0
Precision production 417 5 2 0 392 0 0 0 8 5 2 0 17 0 0 0
Psychology 258 1,476 699 341 220 532 332 166 22 888 335 147 16 56 32 28
Public administration and social services 360 815 565 135 299 363 308 87 33 411 202 46 28 41 55 2
                                 
Social sciences and history 302 1,364 471 201 271 535 320 139 19 813 145 61 12 16 6 1
Social sciences 284 1,276 402 186 256 518 268 129 17 744 128 56 11 14 6 1
History 160 1,226 348 142 153 497 273 97 6 723 74 45 1 6 1 0
Theology and religious vocations 116 417 373 158 1 1 0 0 114 413 371 154 1 3 2 4
Transportation and materials moving 106 88 15 3 92 54 7 1 9 33 8 2 5 1 0 0
Visual and performing arts 759 1,435 467 114 602 502 256 76 55 834 195 37 102 99 16 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 classified as first-professional degrees prior to 2010-11.
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 2017, Completions component. (This table was prepared August 2018.)

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