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The Age of New Humanities Ph.D.’s

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Humanities Ph.D.’s are almost three years older than the median doctorate recipient, with a comparatively large share of older students earning the degree. This comes as little surprise, since doctoral students in the humanities tend to remain in graduate school longer than their counterparts in other fields.

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Source: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Indicators (humanitiesindicators.org). Plotted values obtained from annual reports in the “Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities” series published by the National Science Foundation. All reports and online data resources are available at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/doctorates/. Table numbers for years: 1994 to 1998—A-3; 1999 to 2001, 2005—18; 2002 to 2004—17; 2006, 2008—20; 2007—S-20; 2009—24; and 2010 to 2014—27.

The data on which this indicator is based are collected as part of the federal Survey of Earned Doctorates, which relies on information reported by doctoral students at the time they earn their degree.

II-28b: Age Distribution of New Doctorate Recipients, by Academic Field, 2013

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Source: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Indicators (humanitiesindicators.org). Plotted values obtained from National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2013, NSF 15-304 (Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2014), table 27.

The data on which this indicator is based are collected as part of the federal Survey of Earned Doctorates, which relies on information reported by doctoral students at the time they earn their degree. This indicator relies on 2013 data because this is the most recent year for which complete information is available. (In order to avoid disclosure of confidential information, the National Science Foundation did not publish estimates for the youngest age group in 2014.)

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