MERIC NEWS LETTER

Missouri Ranks Above Average in Doctorates Awarded

Missouri ranks 20th nationally for the number of Science and Engineering Doctorates awarded with 489 in 2005. These types of degrees and skills are in high demand in today's knowledge-based economy. 

According to the National Science Foundation, Missouri's trails only Illinois among border states for those Doctorates awarded. In 2005, there were 27,974 Science and Engineering Doctorates awarded in the U.S. 

California had the most Doctorates, with 3,600. Following it were New York (2,419), Texas (1,781), Massachusetts (1,632),and Pennsylvania (1,397).

Science & Engineering Doctorates Awarded in 2005

State

Doctorates Awarded in 2005

U.S.

Rank

Illinois

1,332

6

Missouri

489

20

Tennessee

377

23

Iowa

355

24

Kansas

246

30

Kentucky

242

31

Oklahoma

232

32

Nebraska

166

37

Arkansas

116

40

U.S. Total

27,974

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Nationally, there were 527,767 post-graduate students enrolled in science, engineering and health curriculum in 2005. Missouri’s post graduate students totaled 9,796, ranking the state 19th in the nation.

The state with the highest number of post-graduate students enrolled in science, engineering and health programs was California with 53,047 students. Other states with high enrollment were New York (46,392), Texas (36,315), Massachusetts (26,387), and Florida (25,498).

Science, Engineering and Health Students in Doctorate-Granting Institutions in 2005

State

Doctorates Awarded in

2005

U.S.

Rank

Illinois

24,560

6

Missouri

9,796

19

Tennessee

7,980

21

Kansas

6,540

26

Iowa

5,279

28

Kentucky

4,752

30

Oklahoma

4,510

33

Arkansas

3,383

37

Nebraska

3,200

38

U.S. Total

527,767

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Source:  National Science Foundation

 

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