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Table 318.20. Bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2018-19
Degree and year Number of degrees conferred Percentage distribution of degrees conferred
Total degrees Humani-ties1 Psy-chology Social sciences and history Natural sciences and mathe-matics
2
Computer sciences Engi-
neering3
Educa-tion Busi-ness4 Health profess-ions and related programs Other fields
5
Total degrees Humani-ties1 Psy-chology Social sciences and history Natural sciences and mathe-matics
2
Computer sciences Engi-
neering3
Educa-tion Busi-ness4 Health profess-ions and related programs Other fields5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Bachelor's
    degrees
                                           
1970-71 839,730 143,549 38,187 155,324 81,916 2,388 50,182 176,307 115,396 25,223 51,258 100.0 17.1 4.5 18.5 9.8 0.3 6.0 21.0 13.7 3.0 6.1
1975-76 925,746 150,736 50,278 126,396 91,596 5,652 46,676 154,437 143,171 53,885 102,919 100.0 16.3 5.4 13.7 9.9 0.6 5.0 16.7 15.5 5.8 11.1
1980-81 935,140 134,139 41,068 100,513 78,092 15,121 75,355 108,074 200,521 63,665 118,592 100.0 14.3 4.4 10.7 8.4 1.6 8.1 11.6 21.4 6.8 12.7
1985-86 987,823 132,891 40,628 93,840 76,228 42,337 97,122 87,147 236,700 65,309 115,621 100.0 13.5 4.1 9.5 7.7 4.3 9.8 8.8 24.0 6.6 11.7
1990-91 1,094,538 172,485 58,655 125,107 70,209 25,159 79,751 110,807 249,165 59,875 143,325 100.0 15.8 5.4 11.4 6.4 2.3 7.3 10.1 22.8 5.5 13.1

1995-96
1,164,792 193,404 73,416 126,479 93,443 24,506 77,997 105,384 226,623 86,087 157,453 100.0 16.6 6.3 10.9 8.0 2.1 6.7 9.0 19.5 7.4 13.5
2000-01 1,244,171 214,107 73,645 128,036 89,772 44,142 72,869 105,458 263,515 75,933 176,694 100.0 17.2 5.9 10.3 7.2 3.5 5.9 8.5 21.2 6.1 14.2
2005-06 1,485,104 261,666 88,132 161,468 105,883 47,702 81,406 107,235 318,043 91,973 221,596 100.0 17.6 5.9 10.9 7.1 3.2 5.5 7.2 21.4 6.2 14.9
2010-11 1,716,053 288,446 100,906 177,169 131,871 43,066 93,097 104,008 365,133 143,463 268,894 100.0 16.8 5.9 10.3 7.7 2.5 5.4 6.1 21.3 8.4 15.7
2015-16 1,920,750 274,513 117,447 161,211 167,055 64,402 123,948 87,221 371,690 228,907 324,356 100.0 14.3 6.1 8.4 8.7 3.4 6.5 4.5 19.4 11.9 16.9
2016-17 1,956,114 270,931 116,859 159,097 172,115 71,416 133,790 85,130 381,109 237,979 327,688 100.0 13.9 6.0 8.1 8.8 3.7 6.8 4.4 19.5 12.2 16.8
2017-18 1,980,665 268,551 116,436 159,962 175,456 79,597 140,681 82,599 386,240 244,893 326,250 100.0 13.6 5.9 8.1 8.9 4.0 7.1 4.2 19.5 12.4 16.5
2018-19 2,012,854 269,934 116,536 160,628 178,485 88,633 146,307 83,946 390,564 251,355 326,466 100.0 13.4 5.8 8.0 8.9 4.4 7.3 4.2 19.4 12.5 16.2

Master's
    degrees
                                           
1970-71 235,564 34,510 5,717 16,539 17,152 1,588 16,947 87,666 26,490 5,330 23,625 100.0 14.6 2.4 7.0 7.3 0.7 7.2 37.2 11.2 2.3 10.0
1975-76 317,477 37,079 10,167 15,953 15,742 2,603 16,800 126,061 42,592 12,164 38,316 100.0 11.7 3.2 5.0 5.0 0.8 5.3 39.7 13.4 3.8 12.1
1980-81 302,637 35,130 10,223 11,945 13,579 4,218 17,216 96,713 57,888 16,176 39,549 100.0 11.6 3.4 3.9 4.5 1.4 5.7 32.0 19.1 5.3 13.1
1985-86 295,850 34,834 9,845 10,564 14,055 8,070 22,146 74,816 66,676 18,603 36,241 100.0 11.8 3.3 3.6 4.8 2.7 7.5 25.3 22.5 6.3 12.2
1990-91 342,863 35,984 11,349 12,233 13,664 9,324 25,450 87,352 78,255 21,354 47,898 100.0 10.5 3.3 3.6 4.0 2.7 7.4 25.5 22.8 6.2 14.0

1995-96
412,180 40,795 15,152 15,012 16,154 10,579 28,843 104,936 93,554 33,920 53,235 100.0 9.9 3.7 3.6 3.9 2.6 7.0 25.5 22.7 8.2 12.9
2000-01 473,502 40,625 16,539 13,791 15,360 16,911 27,187 127,829 115,602 43,623 56,035 100.0 8.6 3.5 2.9 3.2 3.6 5.7 27.0 24.4 9.2 11.8
2005-06 599,862 49,590 19,775 17,368 19,575 17,195 33,386 174,622 146,396 51,492 70,463 100.0 8.3 3.3 2.9 3.3 2.9 5.6 29.1 24.4 8.6 11.7
2010-11 730,922 57,160 25,062 21,085 23,576 19,516 43,179 185,127 187,178 75,571 93,468 100.0 7.8 3.4 2.9 3.2 2.7 5.9 25.3 25.6 10.3 12.8
2015-16 785,757 59,067 27,645 19,861 31,299 40,130 57,713 145,792 186,835 110,350 107,065 100.0 7.5 3.5 2.5 4.0 5.1 7.3 18.6 23.8 14.0 13.6
2016-17 804,542 57,895 27,539 20,004 32,500 46,553 60,229 145,624 187,412 119,242 107,544 100.0 7.2 3.4 2.5 4.0 5.8 7.5 18.1 23.3 14.8 13.4
2017-18 820,242 59,119 27,918 19,884 34,819 46,468 58,969 146,368 192,191 125,230 109,276 100.0 7.2 3.4 2.4 4.2 5.7 7.2 17.8 23.4 15.3 13.3
2018-19 833,706 57,952 29,135 20,301 36,591 45,667 55,922 146,432 197,089 131,569 113,048 100.0 7.0 3.5 2.4 4.4 5.5 6.7 17.6 23.6 15.8 13.6

Doctor's
    degrees6
                                           
1970-71 64,998 4,402 2,144 3,660 9,126 128 3,688 6,041 774 15,988 19,047 100.0 6.8 3.3 5.6 14.0 0.2 5.7 9.3 1.2 24.6 29.3
1975-76 91,007 5,461 3,157 4,157 7,591 244 2,874 7,202 906 25,267 34,148 100.0 6.0 3.5 4.6 8.3 0.3 3.2 7.9 1.0 27.8 37.5
1980-81 98,016 4,827 3,576 3,122 7,473 252 2,608 7,279 808 29,595 38,476 100.0 4.9 3.6 3.2 7.6 0.3 2.7 7.4 0.8 30.2 39.3
1985-86 100,280 4,648 3,593 2,955 7,668 344 3,456 6,610 923 31,922 38,161 100.0 4.6 3.6 2.9 7.6 0.3 3.4 6.6 0.9 31.8 38.1
1990-91 105,547 4,858 3,932 3,012 9,378 676 5,330 6,189 1,185 29,842 41,145 100.0 4.6 3.7 2.9 8.9 0.6 5.0 5.9 1.1 28.3 39.0

1995-96
115,507 6,356 4,141 3,760 10,997 869 6,354 6,246 1,366 32,678 42,740 100.0 5.5 3.6 3.3 9.5 0.8 5.5 5.4 1.2 28.3 37.0
2000-01 119,585 6,466 5,091 3,930 10,190 768 5,547 6,284 1,180 39,019 41,110 100.0 5.4 4.3 3.3 8.5 0.6 4.6 5.3 1.0 32.6 34.4
2005-06 138,056 6,628 4,921 3,914 12,097 1,416 7,318 7,584 1,711 45,677 46,790 100.0 4.8 3.6 2.8 8.8 1.0 5.3 5.5 1.2 33.1 33.9
2010-11 163,827 8,359 5,851 4,390 14,574 1,588 8,425 9,642 2,286 60,221 48,491 100.0 5.1 3.6 2.7 8.9 1.0 5.1 5.9 1.4 36.8 29.6
2015-16 178,134 8,324 6,540 4,706 15,851 1,989 10,398 11,838 3,325 73,687 41,476 100.0 4.7 3.7 2.6 8.9 1.1 5.8 6.6 1.9 41.4 23.3
2016-17 181,357 8,120 6,702 4,706 16,039 1,982 10,523 12,692 3,328 77,693 39,572 100.0 4.5 3.7 2.6 8.8 1.1 5.8 7.0 1.8 42.8 21.8
2017-18 183,734 8,337 6,275 4,676 16,409 2,017 11,029 12,780 3,338 80,139 38,734 100.0 4.5 3.4 2.5 8.9 1.1 6.0 7.0 1.8 43.6 21.1
2018-19 187,568 8,358 6,214 4,544 16,279 2,224 11,350 13,020 3,636 82,895 39,048 100.0 4.5 3.3 2.4 8.7 1.2 6.1 6.9 1.9 44.2 20.8
1 Includes degrees in Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies; English language and literature/letters; Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics; Liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities; Multi/interdisciplinary studies; Philosophy and religious studies; Theology and religious vocations; and Visual and performing arts.
2 Includes Biological and biomedical sciences; Mathematics and statistics; and Physical sciences and science technologies.
3 Includes Engineering; Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields; Construction trades; and Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians.
4 Includes Business, management, marketing, and related support services; and Personal and culinary services.
5 Includes Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences; Architecture and related services; Communication, journalism, and related programs; Communications technologies; Family and consumer sciences/human sciences; Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting; Legal professions and studies; Library science; Military technologies and applied sciences; Natural resources and conservation; Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies; Precision production; Public administration and social services; Transportation and materials moving; and Not classified by field of study.
6 Includes Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level. Includes most degrees that were classified as first-professional prior to 2010-11, such as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees.
NOTE: Data in this table represent the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data are for postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Data in this table are based on the 2010 Classification of Instructional Programs. The figures for earlier years have been reclassified when necessary to make them conform to the new taxonomy. To facilitate trend comparisons, certain aggregations have been made of the degree fields as reported in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1970-71 through 1985-86; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91-96); and IPEDS Fall 2001 through Fall 2019, Completions component. (This table was prepared July 2020.)

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