Number of doctoral and first professional degree recipients in the United States from 1869/70 to 2026/27

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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
2013-14177,587
2014-15178,547
2015-16* 180,000
2016-17* 181,000
2017-18* 183,000
2018-19* 184,000
2019-20* 186,000
2020-21* 188,000
2021-22* 190,000
2022-23* 193,000
2023-24* 196,000
2024-25* 198,000
2025-26*200,000
2026-27*201,000

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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 2014/15 with forecast up to 2026/27. In academic year 2014/145 about 178,547 students were awarded their doctor's degrees in the U.S.
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Release date
March 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1870-2015
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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