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Biosciences Tops Doctorate Degrees Awarded in Missouri

DiplomaAccording to data from the National Science Foundation, one in every four doctorates awarded in Missouri in 2009 were in the field of biosciences. Missouri universities awarded 868 doctorates in 2009, with 216 in biosciences.


In the nation, 49,528 research doctorates were awarded in 2009, 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 biosciences which accounted for 11,392 research doctorates awarded in 2009.

Among bordering states, Missouri ranks second only to Illinois in the number of doctorate degrees awarded in 2009.

Doctorate Degrees Awarded by Field of Study for 2009
Area Total Biosciences Physical Sciences Social Sciences Engineering Education Humanities Other non-S&E fields
United States 49,528 11,392 8,318 7,834 7,629 6,530 4,898 2,927
Illinois 2,322 431 429 392 366 230 276 198
Missouri 868 216 117 127 91 190 74 53
Tennessee 837 190 108 132 123 152 78 54
Iowa 671 170 100 79 124 91 66 41
Kentucky 436 129 41 56 53 70 51 36
Kansas 433 99 64 80 49 73 41 27
Oklahoma 419 101 61 72 53 73 37 22
Nebraska 304 90 34 39 27 78 14 22
Arkansas 208 75 17 23 29 33 D D
D = suppressed for reliability or confidentiality.

In Missouri, biociences (216) was the largest field in which doctorate degrees were awarded, followed by education (190), social sciences (127), physical sciences (117), engineering (91), humanities (74), and other fields (54).

2009 Doctorate Pie Chart

 

Source: National Science Foundation


 
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