List of fields of doctoral studies in the United States

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This is a list of the fields of doctoral studies, as used by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago in the United States in its annual Survey of Earned Doctorates,[1][2] conducted for the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies, in the United States.

These are fields of research-oriented doctoral studies, leading mostly to the awarding of the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D. or D.Ed.) in the United States. (In the academic year 2008-2009, 93.5% of the 49,562 research-oriented doctorates awarded in the U.S. were Ph.D.s; 5.5% are Ed.D.s.[3]) Studies that lead to a Professional degree, such as Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), and Juris Doctor (J.D.), are not included.

Agricultural sciences/Natural resources[edit]

Biological sciences/Biomedical sciences[edit]

Health sciences[edit]


Computer and Information sciences[edit]


Physical sciences[edit]


Atmospheric Science & Meteorology[edit]


Geological & Earth Sciences[edit]


Ocean/Marine Sciences[edit]


Social Sciences[edit]




Foreign Languages & Literature[edit]

Other Humanities[edit]


Research and Administration[edit]

  • 800 Curriculum & Instruction
  • 805 Educational Administration & Supervision
  • 807 Educational Leadership
  • 810 Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • 815 Educational Statistics/Research Methods
  • 820 Educational Assessment/Testing/Measure
  • 822 Educational Psychology (See also 618)
  • 825 School Psychology (See also 636)
  • 830 Social/Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • 835 Special Education
  • 840 Counseling Education/Counseling & Guidance
  • 845 Higher Education/Evaluation & Research

Teacher Education[edit]

  • 850 Pre-elementary/Early Childhood
  • 852 Elementary
  • 856 Secondary
  • 858 Adult & Continuing

Teaching Fields[edit]

Other Education[edit]

  • 898 Education, General
  • 899 Education, Other

Professional fields[edit]

Business Management/Administrative Services[edit]


Other Professional Fields[edit]

Other Fields[edit]

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