The Universities Awarding the Most Doctoral Degrees to Black Scholars

According to data from the National Science Foundation, during the five-year period from 2012 through 2016, 11,034 Black or African American students earned doctoral degrees at colleges and universities in the United States.

During this five-year period, Walden University awarded 839 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 nearly two and a half times the number awarded by Howard University in Washington, D.C. Howard ranked in second place with 348 doctorates awarded to Blacks in the 2012-16 period.

Jackson State University, a historically Black university in Mississippi awarded 161 doctorates to Black scholars during the five-year period. Jackson State ranked third.

The next 10 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 113 doctorates to Blacks or African Americans during the five-year period.


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