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Annual Sociology and Social Science Graduate Enrollments (Master's- and Doctoral-level Students): 2005 - 2011.

Sociology and Social Science Graduate Enrollments: 2005-2011


Summary: Although graduate student enrollment levels in political science and public administration (combined) have been substantially higher compared to the other social science disciplines, the percent of doctoral degrees awarded in political science and public administration are comparably low. From 2005 to 2011, an average of 1,076 PhDs in those two combined disciplines were produced per year, whereas graduate student enrollments for those fields averaged 37,000 per year. In contrast, an average of 607 PhDs were awarded in sociology during those years, with a yearly average of 8,400 students enrolled in sociology graduate programs (see the table below for number of doctoral degrees awarded annually).


Doctoral Degrees Awarded in Sociology and Other Social Science Disciplines: 2005-2011.

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Economics 1,182 1,142 1,186 1,202 1,234 1,191 1,229
Political Science and Public Administration 989 1,001 1,036 1,020 1,140 1,205 1,141
Other Social Sciences 547 583 567 685 658 685 755
Sociology 536 579 576 601 662 639 657
Anthropology 500 511 570 530 561 567 643

Source: For graph: National Science Foundation/National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, 2013. NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. Available at www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf13331/content.cfm?pub_id=4290&id=2; table data available from National Science Foundation. 2013. Survey of Earned Doctorates. Available at https://webcaspar.nsf.gov.


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