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American Sociological Association: Graduate Enrollments
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.
|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|
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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- Annual Sociology Graduate Enrollments by Gender: 1990 - 2010
- Annual Sociology Graduate Enrollments by Full- and Part-time Status and Gender: 1990 - 2010
- Annual Sociology Graduate Enrollments by Citizenship Status and Race/Ethnicity: 1990-2010
- First-time, Full-time Graduate Enrollments in Selected Social Sciences: 1998 - 2010