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II-10d: Shares of All Doctoral Degrees Awarded in Selected Academic Fields, 1987–2015

* The appearance of a dramatic shrinkage in 2010 in the share of all doctorates that went to students of the natural sciences is attributable to a recent change made by the National Center for Education Statistics in the way it asks institutions to classify doctorates. Please see the “About the Data” section of this indicator for details. (See also the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees for a description of this shift and the steps the Humanities Indicators has taken to help ensure comparability of the advanced degree counts it provides for different years.)

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

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