Table 41.

The 10 largest programs of study at 4-year Title IV institutions, by gender, level of degree, and
program of study: United States, academic year 2004-05

Level of degree and program of study1

Total

Men

Percent
of total

Women

Percent
of total

19,459
12,545
9,944
7,822
5,404
3,255
3,225
3,109
2,584
2,269

7,075
4,500
1,204
3,135
3,241
2,692
178
1,064
226
2,041

36.4
35.9
12.1
40.1
60.0
82.7
5.5
34.2
8.7
90.0

12,384
8,045
8,740
4,687
2,163
563
3,047
2,045
2,358
228

63.6
64.1
87.9
59.9
40.0
17.3
94.5
65.8
91.3
10.0

119,467
80,822
45,540
44,068
43,915
41,125
37,722
37,198
32,055
31,572

58,840
17,971
16,707
4,013
4,242
12,623
15,192
19,633
10,775
14,191

49.3
22.2
36.7
9.1
9.7
30.7
40.3
52.8
33.6
44.9

60,627
62,851
28,833
40,055
39,673
28,502
22,530
17,565
21,280
17,381

50.7
77.8
63.3
90.9
90.3
69.3
59.7
47.2
66.4
55.1

82,165
25,837
18,963
17,215
16,841
15,126
12,470
10,651
9,912
9,085

49,977
6,018
2,331
6,521
2,158
2,956
2,207
1,718
6,025
4,041

60.8
23.3
12.3
37.9
12.8
19.5
17.7
16.1
60.8
44.5

32,188
19,819
16,632
10,694
14,683
12,170
10,263
8,933
3,887
5,044

39.2
76.7
87.7
62.1
87.2
80.5
82.3
83.9
39.2
55.5

Associate's degrees
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Business Administration and Management, General
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
General Studies
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Business/Commerce, General
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Engineering Technology, General
Bachelor's degrees
Business Administration and Management, General
Psychology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General
Accounting
Political Science and Government, General
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Master's degrees
Business Administration and Management, General
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Social Work
Curriculum and Instruction
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Special Education and Teaching, General
Business/Commerce, General
Accounting
Doctor's degrees

Physical Therapy/Therapist
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Clinical Psychology
Chemistry, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Psychology, General
Education, General
Physics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Curriculum and Instruction

2,987
2,505
2,221
2,055
1,566
1,447
1,437
1,116
1,038
989

891
911
524
1,354
1,347
512
462
963
416
243

29.8
36.4
23.6
65.9
86.0
35.4
32.2
86.3
40.1
24.6

2,096
1,594
1,697
701
219
935
975
153
622
746

70.2
63.6
76.4
34.1
14.0
64.6
67.8
13.7
59.9
75.4

43,423
15,461
8,885
5,406
4,454
2,762
2,560
2,354
1,252
343

22,297
8,151
2,889
3,476
2,505
1,482
1,665
574
482
195

51.3
52.7
32.5
64.3
56.2
53.7
65.0
24.4
38.5
56.9

21,126
7,310
5,996
1,930
1,949
1,280
895
1,780
770
148

48.7
47.3
67.5
35.7
43.8
46.3
35.0
75.6
61.5
43.1

First-professional degrees
Law (LL.B., J.D.)
Medicine (MD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv.)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (DO)
Chiropractic (DC)
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Optometry (OD)
Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry (DPM)
1

Degrees by program of study (6-digit CIP level) are based on the 2000 version of the Classification of Instructional Programs.

NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Due to natural disaster, 20 institutions were unable to respond to this survey;
their data were imputed, and they are represented in this table.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
(IPEDS), Fall 2005, Completions component.