Research Doctoral Degrees Awarded by Historically Black Universities in 2020

Data for the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates from the National Science Foundation shows that 482 doctorates were awarded by historically Black colleges and universities in 2020. (Medical and juris doctorate degrees are not included in these figures.) Thus, HBCUs conferred just under 0.9 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded in the United States in 2020.

Here is a list of HBCUs and the number of doctorates they awarded in 2020.

Howard University, 106
Jackson State University, 65
North Carolina A&T State University, 55
Morgan State University, 48
Texas Southern University, 25
Clark Atlanta University, 23
Southern University, 22
Alabama State University, 18
Tennessee State University, 17
Florida A&M University, 16
Tuskegee University, 14
Hampton University, 13
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 13
Alabama A&M University, 9
Delaware State University, 7
Meharry Medical College, 7
Morehouse School of Medicine, 6
Prairie View A&M University, 6
Grambling State University, 5
Norfolk State Univerity, 4
Bowie State University, 3

All told, 21 HBCUs awarded doctoral degrees in 2020. This is the same number of doctoral degree-granting institutions as six years earlier in 2014. That year, HBCUs awarded 448 doctoral degrees.

It must be noted that in all probability not all doctoral degrees awarded by HBCUs went to African Americans. But the data does not break down the doctoral degree awards from HBCUs by race or ethnic group.

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