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ERIC Number: ED547609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Graduate Physics Degrees: Largest Departments and Degree Distribution. Focus On
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Nicholson, Starr
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
In the 2011-12 academic year there were 751 degree-granting physics departments in the U.S. Of these, 195 offered a PhD and 62 departments offered a master's as the highest physics degree. The remaining 494 departments offered a bachelor's as their highest physics degree. There were six universities that had two doctoral-granting physics departments, a traditional physics department and one with an applied physics program. This "Focus On" presents findings on graduate physics degrees from the Statistical Research Center's annual Survey of Enrollments and Degrees. It examines the size of PhD and master's granting departments in the U.S. as measured by the number of graduate degrees awarded. It also identifies the departments that recently awarded the most degrees. Physics and astronomy are closely related fields and as a result, in the academic year 2011-12, departments at 12 universities granted graduate-level degrees in both physics and astronomy. These departments were asked to report their astronomy enrollment and degree data separately from their physics data.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center