Doctoral Degree Completions Across Sectors

The majority of students earned their doctoral degrees at public four-year institutions (61.7 percent), followed by private nonprofit four-year (31.1 percent) and for-profit (7.2 percent) institutions. There was considerable variation across racial and ethnic groups. Over one-quarter of Black or African American (26.9 percent) and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (26.4 percent) students, and over one in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native students (12.2 percent) earned their doctoral degrees at for-profit institutions.

Doctoral Degrees, by Sector and Race and Ethnicity: 2016


U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2016

Institutions were categorized into sectors based upon control of the institution and the length of the predominant award granted.