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Missouri's Doctorate Degrees Led By Biosciences

DiplomaAccording to 2012 data from the National Science Foundation, biosciences continues to lead in the number of doctorate degrees awarded in Missouri, with over one in every four doctorates awarded in this field. Missouri universities granted 844 doctorates in 2012, with 233 in biosciences.

In the nation, 50,952 research doctorates were awarded in 2012. The largest field was biosciences which accounted for 12,029 degrees awarded in 2012.

Among bordering states, Missouri ranked second behind Illinois in the number of doctorate degrees awarded in 2012.

Doctorate Degrees by Field of Study for 2012
Area Total Biosciences Physical Sciences Social Sciences Engineering Education Humanities Others
United States 50,952 12,029 8,944 8,349 8,410 4,798 5,501 2,921
Illinois 2,396 442 482 412 374 161 344 181
Missouri 844 233 133 116 121 95 90 56
Tennessee 810 228 113 104 126 103 91 45
Iowa 761 213 133 81 131 124 46 33
Kentucky 519 156 64 70 59 64 67 39
Kansas 470 118 72 86 57 53 47 37
Oklahoma 469 103 70 73 69 83 36 35
Nebraska 280 89 40 41 33 42 21 14
Arkansas 194 75 32 15 NA 19 19 0
Source: National Science Foundation (NSF), The NSF uses the term Life Science to describe the Bioscience field.

In Missouri, biociences (233) was the largest field in which doctorate degrees were awarded, followed by physical sciences (133), social sciences (116 ), engineering (121), education (95), humanities (90), and other fields (56).

Pie Chart 2012 Doctorates in Missouri

Source: National Science Foundation

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