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Missouri Ranks High Among Border States in Doctorate Degrees Awarded

DiplomaAmong bordering states, Missouri ranks second only to Illinois in the number of doctorate degrees awarded in 2008, according to data from the National Science Foundation. Missouri universities awarded 880 doctorates in 2008, with one-quarter in life sciences fields.

In the nation, 48,802 research doctorates were awarded in 2008, the highest number in the history of U.S. higher education, but at a slower growth rate than in recent years. The largest field was life sciences which accounted for 11,088 research doctorates awarded in 2008.

Doctorate Degrees Awarded by Field of Study for 2008
State Total Life Sciences Physical Sciences Social Sciences Engineering Education Humanities Other fieldsĀ 
Illinois 2,362 421 393 385 403 295 289 176
Missouri 880 228 127 107 125 162 78 53
Tennessee 788 223 77 97 124 157 72 38
Iowa 693 203 113 70 108 99 54 46
Kentucky 448 125 55 65 58 61 45 39
Kansas 443 95 65 76 44 99 43 21
Oklahoma 360 93 42 48 49 70 29 29
Nebraska 296 81 39 41 D 70 24 D
Arkansas 191 75 21 D 19 D 14 10
United States 48,802 11,088 8,129 7,509 7,862 6,578 4,722 2,914
D = suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information.

In Missouri, life sciences (228) was the largest field in which doctorate degrees were awarded, followed by education (162), physical sciences (127), engineering (125), social sciences (107), humanities (78), and other fields (53).

2008 Percentage of Missouri Doctorates Field of Study

Source: National Science Foundation



 
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