Number of doctoral degrees earned in the United States from 1949/50 to 2027/28, by gender (in 1,000)

Doctoral degrees earned in the United States by gender 1950-2028 The graph shows the number of doctoral degrees earned in the United States from 1949/50 to 2015/16 with forecast to 2027/28. In academic year 2015/16, about 84,089 male and 93,778 female students earned a doctoral degree in the United States.
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YearMaleFemale
1949-50 5.80.62
1959-60 8.81.03
1969-70 53.795.69
1970-71 58.146.86
1971-72 63.357.85
1972-73 69.969.55
1973-74 71.1311.46
1974-75 71.0313.88
1975-76 73.8917.12
1976-77 72.2119.52
1977-78 70.2822.06
1978-79 70.4524.52
1979-80 69.5326.11
1980-81 69.5728.45
1981-82 68.6329.21
1982-83 67.7631.58
1983-84 67.7733.03
1984-85 66.2734.52
1985-86 65.2235.07
1986-87 62.7935.69
1987-88 63.0236.12
1988-89 63.0637.52
1989-90 63.9639.55
1990-91 64.2441.31
1991-92 66.642.95
1992-93 67.1344.94
1993-94 66.7745.86
1994-95 67.3246.94
1995-96 67.1948.32
1996-97 68.3950.36
1997-98 67.2351.5
1998-99 65.3451.36
1999-00 64.9353.81
2000-01 64.1755.41
2001-02 62.7356.93
2002-03 62.7358.85
2003-04 63.9862.11
2004-05 67.2667.13
2005-06 68.9169.14
2006-07 71.3173.38
2007-08 73.4575.93
2008-09 75.6778.89
2009-10 76.6181.98
2010-11 79.6784.16
2011-12 82.6787.55
2012-13 85.0889.95
2013-1485.5992
2014-1584.9293.63
2015-16* 84.0993.78
2016-17* 8595
2017-18* 8595
2018-19* 8696
2019-20* 8797
2020-21* 8797
2021-22* 8898
2022-23* 8898
2023-24* 8999
2024-25* 8999
2025-26*89100
2026-27*90100
2027-28*90101
YearMaleFemale
1949-50 5.80.62
1959-60 8.81.03
1969-70 53.795.69
1970-71 58.146.86
1971-72 63.357.85
1972-73 69.969.55
1973-74 71.1311.46
1974-75 71.0313.88
1975-76 73.8917.12
1976-77 72.2119.52
1977-78 70.2822.06
1978-79 70.4524.52
1979-80 69.5326.11
1980-81 69.5728.45
1981-82 68.6329.21
1982-83 67.7631.58
1983-84 67.7733.03
1984-85 66.2734.52
1985-86 65.2235.07
1986-87 62.7935.69
1987-88 63.0236.12
1988-89 63.0637.52
1989-90 63.9639.55
1990-91 64.2441.31
1991-92 66.642.95
1992-93 67.1344.94
1993-94 66.7745.86
1994-95 67.3246.94
1995-96 67.1948.32
1996-97 68.3950.36
1997-98 67.2351.5
1998-99 65.3451.36
1999-00 64.9353.81
2000-01 64.1755.41
2001-02 62.7356.93
2002-03 62.7358.85
2003-04 63.9862.11
2004-05 67.2667.13
2005-06 68.9169.14
2006-07 71.3173.38
2007-08 73.4575.93
2008-09 75.6778.89
2009-10 76.6181.98
2010-11 79.6784.16
2011-12 82.6787.55
2012-13 85.0889.95
2013-1485.5992
2014-1584.9293.63
2015-16* 84.0993.78
2016-17* 8595
2017-18* 8595
2018-19* 8696
2019-20* 8797
2020-21* 8797
2021-22* 8898
2022-23* 8898
2023-24* 8999
2024-25* 8999
2025-26*89100
2026-27*90100
2027-28*90101
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The graph shows the number of doctoral degrees earned in the United States from 1949/50 to 2015/16 with forecast to 2027/28. In academic year 2015/16, about 84,089 male and 93,778 female students earned a doctoral degree in the United States.
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Release date
April 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1950 to 2016
Supplementary notes
* Projected.
Includes Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level. Includes most degrees formerly classified as first-professional, such as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees.

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