Number of doctoral and first professional degree recipients in the U.S. 1870-2029

This statistic shows the number of doctoral and first professional degree recipients in the United States from academic year 1869/70 to 2016/17 with a forecast up to 2028/29. In academic year 2016/17 about 181,352 students were awarded their doctoral degrees in the U.S.

Number of doctoral and first professional degree recipients in the United States from 1869/70 to 2028/29

Number of recipients
2028-29*188,000
2027-28*188,000
2026-27*188,000
2025-26*187,000
2024-25* 186,000
2023-24* 186,000
2022-23* 185,000
2021-22* 185,000
2020-21* 185,000
2019-20* 184,000
2018-19* 184,000
2017-18* 183,000
2016-17181,352
2015-16178,134
2014-15178,548
2013-14177,587
2012-13 175,026
2011-12 170,217
2010-11 163,827
2009-10 158,590
2008-09 154,564
2007-08 149,190
2006-07 144,694
2005-06 138,056
2004-05 134,387
2003-04 126,087
2002-03 121,579
2001-02 119,663
2000-01 119,585
1999-00 118,736
1989-90 103,508
1979-80 95,631
1969-70 59,486
1959-60 9,829
1949-50 6,420
1939-40 3,290
1929-30 2,299
1919-20 615
1909-10 443
1899-00382
1889-90 149
1879-80 54
1869-70 1
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1870 to 2017

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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