Number of doctoral degrees earned in the United States in 2015/2016, by field of research

Doctoral degrees earned in the United States by field of research 2015/16 The graph shows the number of doctoral degrees earned in the United States in 2016, distinguished by field of research. About 1,979 doctoral degrees were earned in computer and information sciences.
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Number of degrees
Health professions and related programs 73,682
Legal professions and studies 37,030
Education 11,829
Engineering 10,209
Biological and biomedical sciences 7,914
Psychology 6,532
Physical sciences and science technologies 6,016
Social sciences and history 4,667
Business 3,323
Computer and information sciences 1,979
Mathematics and statistics 1,850
Theology and religious vocations 1,808
Visual and performing arts 1,808
Agriculture and natural resources 1,508
English language and literature/letters 1,392
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,265
Public administration and social services 1,065
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 849
Philosophy and religious studies 746
Communication, journalism, and related programs 629
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 374
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 331
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 316
Architecture and related services 236
Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting 205
Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields 133
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,and humanities 105
Library science 54
Transportation and materials moving 8
Communications technologies 4
Precision production 0
Military technologies and applied sciences 0
Construction trades 0
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 0
Other and not classified 0
Number of degrees
Health professions and related programs 73,682
Legal professions and studies 37,030
Education 11,829
Engineering 10,209
Biological and biomedical sciences 7,914
Psychology 6,532
Physical sciences and science technologies 6,016
Social sciences and history 4,667
Business 3,323
Computer and information sciences 1,979
Mathematics and statistics 1,850
Theology and religious vocations 1,808
Visual and performing arts 1,808
Agriculture and natural resources 1,508
English language and literature/letters 1,392
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,265
Public administration and social services 1,065
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 849
Philosophy and religious studies 746
Communication, journalism, and related programs 629
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 374
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 331
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 316
Architecture and related services 236
Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting 205
Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields 133
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,and humanities 105
Library science 54
Transportation and materials moving 8
Communications technologies 4
Precision production 0
Military technologies and applied sciences 0
Construction trades 0
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 0
Other and not classified 0
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The graph shows the number of doctoral degrees earned in the United States in 2016, distinguished by field of research. About 1,979 doctoral degrees were earned in computer and information sciences.
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Release date
August 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2015-2016
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Includes Ph.D., E.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.

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