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Gender Distribution of Degrees in Religion
(Updated April 2016)

Women earn a substantially smaller share of degrees in religion than in the humanities field as a whole (at both the bachelor’s and advanced-degree levels), but the percentage did increase at all degree levels from 1987 to 2014.

Findings and Trends

  • In 2014, 45% of religion degree completers at the bachelor’s degree level and 46% at the master’s degree level were women (Indicator II-25g). This represents a modest increase in the share earned by women at both levels in 1987 (near 40%). The highest recorded share earned by women at both levels was 49.7%, reached in 2005 at the bachelor’s level and 2002 at the master’s level.
  • The share of women earning doctoral degrees in religion was almost 15 percentage points higher in 2014 than in 1987 (39.5% as compared to 24.9%).
II-25g: Percentages of Bachelor’s and Graduate Degrees in Religion Awarded to Women, 1987–2014*

* Degree shares do not include second majors.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS data were accessed and analyzed via the National Science Foundation’s online science and engineering resources data system, WebCASPAR.

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