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CIP Program Codes

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)


The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes were developed by the U.S. Department of Education as the national taxonomic standard of academic program titles for federal surveys and state reporting of institutional data. The CIP code is independent of program length. Programs of different lengths may be given the same CIP code.

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Edition for 1990, 2000, 2010, and 2020 are searchable on the Web here

This list contains nearly 1,600 specific program titles under 39 broad program categories offered by postsecondary institutions nationwide. Each instructional program is given the title that best represents the subject matter. Not all of these programs are offered by Minnesota postsecondary institutions.

In some cases CIP codes are categorized by career clusters to align academic programs to occupational career pathways.