Number of Blacks Earning Doctorates Reached an All-Time High in 2008

According to the National Science Foundation, in 2008 there were 2,030 African Americans who earned doctoral degrees from U.S. universities. This was the highest number of doctorates awarded to blacks in any single year. African Americans won 4.2 percent of all doctorates awarded in the United States. If we exclude foreign students, we find that African Americans made up 6.6 percent of all U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents who earned doctorates.

Blacks earned 824 Ph.D.s in scientific fields. Another 1,206 African Americans earned doctorates in non-scientific fields. Many of these doctorates were in the field of education.