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Degrees Awarded in Minnesota

Degrees and other awards conferred by Minnesota's postsecondary institutions

During 2011-2012, Minnesota postsecondary institutions conferred 98,885 degrees and other academic certificates at the undergraduate and graduate level.


Number of Academic Awards Conferred by Minnesota Postsecondary Institutions

Number of Awards Conferred by Minnesota Institutions, 2003 to 2012

Acad. Year EndCertificates
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Bachelor's
Associate DegreesBachelor's DegreesGraduate CertificatesMaster's DegreesDoctorates
200313,10713,32025,7898369,3232,537
200414,89614,20927,33794011,4332,691
200514,09415,46928,2751,02713,0522,998
2006 15,08615,12528,9111,14715,1883,357
200714,69515,82529,6331,22116,3873,887
200813,71316,60130,3881,57318,0123,886
200914,63017,10031,2781,79719,1863,874
201015,93818,46831,9632,03821,0154,173
201115,96320,51733,3962,56021,8234,352
201215,91320,48934,9862,60520,6094,283
10-Year Percent Change21%54%36%212%121%69%

Note: a large number of master's degrees are conferred by Capella and Walden Universities. These two online institutions headquartered in Minnesota report their nationwide enrollment.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Completion Surveys


Majority of Undergraduate Awards Are in Four Career Clusters, 2012
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U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Completion Survey


More information on awards conferred.

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded by Career Clusters, 2004 to 2012

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded by Career Clusters, 2004 to 2012

Top 10 Bachelor's Degrees Awarded by Minnesota Institutions, 2012
ProgramNumber of GraduatesPercent
Business Administration and Management2,8738%
Psychology2,1286%
Registered Nursing1,9065%
Biology/Biological Sciences1,6814%
Accounting1,2743%
Elementary Education and Teaching1,1993%
Marketing/Marketing Management1,0113%
Finance8602%
Political Science and Government8182%
English Language and Literature7702%
All Other Programs23,49262%
Total38,012100%

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Completion Survey


More trends in bachelor's degrees.

Top 10 Programs Comprised Half the Certificates Awarded by Minnesota Institutions, 2012
ProgramNumber of GraduatesPercent
Nursing Assistant2,56816%
Cosmetology1,3248%
Licensed Practical Nurse Training1,1047%
Medical/Clinical Assistant6224%
Massage Therapy4773%
Farm and Ranch Management4383%
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist3882%
Welding Technology3242%
Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist3132%
Carpentry3062%
Total15,913100%

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Completion Survey

More trends in certificates.


STEM and IT Awards Conferred by Minnesota Institutions, 2000 to 2012

STEM and IT Awards Conferred by Minnesota Institutions, 2000 to 2012


STEM discipline trends are of interest. There is on-going interest in encouraging students to major in the various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Specifically, these are programs in agricultural science, biological sciences, computer science, engineering, engineering-technology, mathematics and physical sciences (such as, geology, chemistry, physics). These programs are deemed important to keeping Minnesota and the nation competitive with global workforce changes. Academic disciplines included in the STEM acronym vary between organizations as there is no national standard definition.

STEM award increases in recent years have been in biological science at the bachelor's degree level and in engineering, and computer and information sciences at the master's degree level. Decreases have been in computer science programs, at the bachelor's degree and below, in conjunction with the so-called "dot-com bust".

Undergraduate Awards by Race/Ethnicity as a Percent of Award Level, 2012

Undergraduate Awards by Race/Ethnicity as a Percent of Award Level, 2012


Students of color earned 17 percent of all awards at Minnesota postsecondary institutions in 2012. Students of color earned 21 percent of certificates and diplomas below the baccalaureate level, 17 percent of associate degrees, 13 percent of bachelor's degrees, 20 percent of master's degrees and 18 percent of doctorate degrees (research and professional).

Awards Earned by Gender as a Percent of Award Level, 2012

Awards Earned by Gender as a Percent of Award Level, 2012


The percentage of degrees earned by women at Minnesota's institutions continues to increase and mirrors national trends. In 2012, women earned 62 percent of all awards, compared to 38 percent for men. Women dominate programs in education and health sciences at all award levels; as well as, awards below the bachelor's degree in culinary arts and personal arts (cosmetology).

Men dominate the computer technology, engineering, mathematics and physical science fields. Men also earn more bachelor's degrees than women in architecture, history, security and protective services, social science, philosophy and religious studies.

Data Source

Degrees and other awards conferred data are gathered and compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education. Data are from the annual Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Completions Surveys.

Data are from both public and private postsecondary institutions located in Minnesota and include graduates in programs from less than one year in length through the doctorate. For more information see descriptions of program length and program categories.

 

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