As a part of the latest CGS/GRE Graduate Enrollment & Degrees: 2007-2017 report by the Council of Graduate Schools, a data on doctoral degrees is released. provides an overview of the situation across the different subjects covered in the report. 78,778 doctoral degrees were awarded in the United States with women accounting for 53 percent of that total, last year.
They were also ahead of men in other areas including Social and Behavioral Sciences and Arts and Humanities. women have earned the majority of doctoral degrees at U.S. universities. Women accounted for the vast majority of doctoral degrees In Public Administration and Services, Health Sciences and Education.
Men still earned a higher share of degrees in most STEM fields. For example, men accounted for 76.6 percent of total graduates in Engineering. The doctoral degrees awarded by broad field and gender in the U.S between 2016 to 2017 is:
M(29.7%), W(70.3%) - Health Sciences,
M(76.6%), W(23.4%) - Engineering,
M(31.2%) , W(68.8%) - Education,
M(38.9%), W(61.1%) - Social and Behavioral Sciences,
M(47.4%), W(52.6%) - Biological and Agricultural Sciences,
M(65.9%), W(34.1%) - Physical and Health Sciences,
M(46.8%), W(53.2%) - Arts and humanities,
M(74.9%), W(25.1%) - Mathematics and Computer Sciences,
M(47.6%), W(52.4%) - Other Fields,
M(51.1%), W(48.9%) - Business,
M(24.4%), W(75.6%) - Public Administration and Services.
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