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Degree Completions in the Academic Study of Religion

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Since 1987, the degree completions data collected by the Department of Education have been detailed enough to permit the separation of graduates studying religion as one of the humanities from those receiving degrees for professional and theological studies. The number of degrees conferred in the academic study of religion has risen substantially since 1987, even with some recent declines.

II-52a: Bachelor’s Degree Completions in Religion (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Bachelor’s Degrees), 1987–2014*

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* Degree counts and shares do not include second majors.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS data were accessed and analyzed via the National Science Foundation’s online science and engineering resources data system, WebCASPAR.

See the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares and the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “Religion”.

II-52b: Master’s Degree Completions in Religion (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Master’s and Professional Degrees), 1987–2014

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Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS data were accessed and analyzed via the National Science Foundation’s online science and engineering resources data system, WebCASPAR.

See the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares, the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degreesand the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “Religion”.

II-52c: Doctoral Degree Completions in Religion (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Doctorates), 1987–2014

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Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS data were accessed and analyzed via the National Science Foundation’s online science and engineering resources data system, WebCASPAR.

See the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares, the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees, and the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “Religion”.

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