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Biosciences Continues to Top Doctorate Degrees Awarded in Missouri

DiplomaAccording to 2010 data from the National Science Foundation, the biosciences industry continues to lead in the number of doctorate degrees awarded in Missouri, with nearly one in every four doctorates awarded in the field of biosciences. Missouri universities granted 747 doctorates in 2010, with 185 in biosciences.

In the nation, 48,053 research doctorates were awarded in 2010. The largest field was biosciences which accounted for 11,262 research doctorates awarded in 2010.

Among bordering states, Missouri ranked third behind Illinois and Tennessee in the number of doctorate degrees awarded in 2010.

Doctorate Degrees by Field of Study for 2010
Area Biosciences Physical Sciences Social Sciences Engineering Education Humanities Others Total
United States 11,262 8,318 7,770 7,549 5,292 4,978 2,884 48,053
Illinois 466 392 373 384 228 270 177 2,290
Tennessee 185 98 107 114 146 84 65 799
Missouri 185 133 121 101 80 80 47 747
Iowa 180 123 82 111 87 54 38 675
Oklahoma 110 59 74 65 86 39 40 473
Kentucky 128 53 68 36 69 58 50 462
Kansas 101 70 83 40 69 40 23 426
Nebraska 89 42 42 34 55 25 32 319
Arkansas 65 27 21 26 D D D 179
D = suppressed for reliability or confidentiality.

In Missouri, biociences (185) was the largest field in which doctorate degrees were awarded, followed by physical sciences (133), social sciences (121 ), engineering (101), education (80), humanities (80), and other fields (47).

Pie Chart 2010 Doctorates in Missouri

 

Source: National Science Foundation


 
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