List of fields of doctoral studies in the United States

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This is the list of the fields of doctoral studies in the United States used for the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, as used for the 2015 survey.[1]

These are fields of research-oriented doctoral studies, leading mostly to PhDs – in the academic year 2014–15, 98% of the 55,006 research doctorates awarded in the U.S. were PhDs; 1.1% were EdDs; 0.9% were other research doctorates.[2] Professional degrees, such as MD, DDS, DVM, JD, DPharm, DMin and PsyD, are not included in the survey.[3]

Life sciences[edit]

Agricultural sciences/natural resources[edit]

Biological/biomedical sciences[edit]

Health sciences[edit]

Engineering[edit]

Computer and information sciences[edit]

Mathematics[edit]

Physical sciences[edit]

Astronomy[edit]

Atmospheric science & meteorology[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Geological and Earth sciences[edit]

Physics[edit]

Ocean/marine sciences[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Humanities[edit]

History[edit]

Letters[edit]

Foreign languages & literature[edit]

Other humanities[edit]

Education[edit]

Research and administration[edit]

  • 800 Curriculum & Instruction
  • 804 Educational and Human Resource Studies/Development
  • 805 Educational Administration and Supervision
  • 806 Urban Education and Leadership
  • 807 Educational Leadership
  • 808 Educational Policy Analysis
  • 810 Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • 812 Educational/Instructional Technology
  • 815 Educational Statistics/Research Methods
  • 820 Educational Assessment/Testing/Measure
  • 822 Educational Psychology (also in psychology)
  • 825 School Psychology (also in psychology)
  • 830 Social/Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • 833 International Education
  • 835 Special Education
  • 840 Counseling Education/Counseling and Guidance
  • 845 Higher Education/Evaluation and Research

Teacher education[edit]

  • 850 Pre-elementary/Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • 852 Elementary Teacher Education
  • 856 Secondary Teacher Education
  • 858 Adult and Continuing Teacher Education

Teaching fields[edit]

  • 860 Agricultural Education
  • 861 Art Education
  • 863 English as a Second or Foreign Language
  • 864 English Education
  • 865 Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • 866 Foreign Languages Education
  • 868 Health Education
  • 870 Family and Consumer/Human Science (also in fields not elsewhere classified)
  • 874 Mathematics Education
  • 876 Music Education
  • 878 Nursing Education
  • 880 Physical Education and Coaching
  • 882 Literacy and Reading Education
  • 884 Science Education
  • 885 Social Science Education
  • 889 Teacher Education and Professional Development, Other

Other education[edit]

  • 895 Workforce Education and Development
  • 898 Education, General
  • 899 Education, Other

Business management/administration[edit]

Communication[edit]

Fields not elsewhere classified[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Survey of Earned Documents questionnaire 2015 – Field of Study listing" (PDF). NORC/NSF. pp. 6 & 7. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Research degrees included in the Survey of Earned Doctorates: 2011–15" (PDF). Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2015. NSF. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Technical Notes". Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2015. NSF. Survey Design. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 

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