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Degrees Awarded in Minnesota

Degrees and other awards conferred by Minnesota's postsecondary institutions

Minnesota postsecondary institutions confer over 100,000 academic awards at the undergraduate and graduate level each year.

  • Bachelor's degrees are the most common award conferred.
  • Nearly 10 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients majored in two programs.
  • Awards in health science programs are the most common across all degree levels; they comprise nearly one-quarter percent of all awards.
  • Students of color earned 21 percent of all undergraduate awards.
  • Majority of undergraduate awards are earned by students younger than 40 years old.

Search Awards Conferred Data Tables

Various filters allow you to customize your search by year conferred, institution, CIP code, race and gender as appropriate. These dashboards extract data from the nearly 1 million awards conferred during the past decade.


Awards Conferred from Minnesota Postsecondary Institutions

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

The tables allow you to search graduates by program of study, along with award level, using CIP codes. CIP Codes have a numeric code assigned to them along with a program name.

There are about 800 different programs students can study at Minnesota postsecondary institutions. Academic programs are classified using a CIP taxonomic coding scheme developed by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Browse CIP codes to understand how the classification is constructed.

Programs can be searched at three different CIP levels:

2 digit CIP level groups programs into 38 broad academic categories.

4 digit CIP level expands programs within each 2 digit CIP category. A 2 digit CIP can contain multiple 4 digit CIP programs.

6 digit CIP level expands programs within each 4 digit CIP category. A 6 digit CIP is the most program descriptive level. This is the program name graduates use to identify their program of study.

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.