Biosciences Tops Doctorate Degrees Awarded in Missouri
According 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|
|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).
Source: National Science Foundation