Number of doctoral and first professional degree recipients in the United States from 1869/70 to 2025/26*

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Number of recipients
1869-70 1
1879-80 54
1889-90 149
1899-00382
1909-10 443
1919-20 615
1929-30 2,299
1939-40 3,290
1949-50 6,420
1959-60 9,829
1969-70 59,486
1979-80 95,631
1989-90 103,508
1999-00 118,736
2000-01 119,585
2001-02 119,663
2002-03 121,579
2003-04 126,087
2004-05 134,387
2005-06 138,056
2006-07 144,690
2007-08 149,378
2008-09 154,564
2009-10 158,590
2010-11 163,827
2011-12 170,217
2012-13 175,026
2013-14177,580
2014-15* 178,000
2015-16* 179,000
2016-17* 181,000
2017-18* 183,000
2018-19* 188,000
2019-20* 192,000
2020-21* 195,000
2021-22* 199,000
2022-23* 201,000
2023-24* 204,000
2024-25* 207,000
2025-26*209,000
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This statistic shows the number of doctoral and first professional degree recipients in the United States from academic year 1869/70 to 2013/14 with forecast up to 2025/26. In academic year 2013/14, about 177.58 thousand students were awarded their doctor's degrees in the U.S.

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