The Universities Awarding the Most Doctoral Degrees to Black Scholars

According to data from the National Science Foundation, during the five-year period from 2013 through 2017, 11,389 Black or African American students earned doctoral degrees at colleges and universities in the United States.

During this five-year period, Walden University awarded 969 doctorates to Black scholars. Walden University, headquartered in Minneapolis, offers a wide variety of degrees programs, mostly though online instruction. The number of doctorates awarded to Blacks from Walden University was more than two and a half times the number awarded by Howard University in Washington, D.C. Howard ranked in second place with 344 doctorates awarded to Blacks in the 2013-17 period.

Jackson State University, a historically Black university in Mississippi awarded 160 doctorates to Black scholars during the five-year period. Jackson State ranked third.

The next nine universities in the National Science Foundation rankings were all large, predominantly White state universities. The only other historically Black university in the top 20 producers of African American doctorates was Morgan State University, which ranked in 14th place. Morgan State awarded 115 doctorates to Blacks or African Americans during the five-year period.

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  1. I am a Black American female, and I am included in that quantitative research! ✌I defended my dissertation and passed with edits in April 2016, but my degree was not conferred upon me until May 2017, New School for Social Research. Where does The New School rank? I can count on one hand the number of Black students that earned a PhD from the university!

    • Well, you seem to have answered your own question? If you can count them on one hand, then the New School wouldn’t be included in these statistics. The study pertains to the universities with the “most” earned PhDs by African-Americans, not the least.

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