Popular College Degrees and Programs

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Want to see what degrees are the most popular among students seeking postsecondary education? Below is a list of the 200 most popular degrees and certificates awarded between 2010 and 2011. No differentiation is made between the varying degree levels, though minor degrees are not included. The list provides a quick idea as to which areas of study are commonly being pursued, and which are believed to provide the most career choices upon completion. The data is taken from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

List of the Top 200 Most Popular Degrees & Programs

The table below lists the total degrees and certificates awarded from all institutions from 2012-2013.

RankProgram NameTotal Degrees Awarded
#1Business Administration314,963
#2Liberal Arts290,110
#3Nursing211,347
#4Psychology122,311
#5Medical Assistant105,073
#6General Studies94,868
#7Cosmetology86,389
#8Accounting78,459
#9Biology75,898
#10Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)57,331
#11Elementary Education52,030
#12English51,013
#13Nursing Assistant48,531
#14Criminal Justice48,511
#15Law47,549
#16Social Work45,167
#17Political Science41,150
#18Auto Mechanic40,342
#19History38,983
#20Finance37,963
#21Communications36,157
#22Advertising and Marketing34,944
#23Law and Justice Administration34,733
#24Sociology34,538
#25Education33,543
#26Economics31,236
#27Mechanical Engineering29,810
#28Educational Leadership and Administration28,153
#29Early Childhood Education27,710
#30Culinary Arts26,263
#31Welding25,619
#32Dental Assistant24,944
#33Electrical Engineering24,733
#34Massage Therapy24,599
#35Math22,720
#36Special Education22,692
#37Bookkeeping22,478
#38Kinesiology And Exercise Science22,021
#39Pharmacy Technician20,154
#40Computer Science19,926
#41Civil Engineering19,248
#42Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)19,045
#43Chemistry18,823
#44Healthcare Administration18,612
#45Computer Networking18,544
#46Medicine17,886
#47Paralegal17,840
#48Public Administration17,781
#49Bus and Truck Driver17,172
#50Information Technology16,474
#51Human Services15,787
#52Human Resources15,079
#53International Relations14,690
#54Administrative Assistant14,643
#55Pharmacy14,445
#56Esthetician14,339
#57Journalism14,262
#58Electrician13,858
#59Guidance Counselor13,469
#60Information Systems13,333
#61Anthropology13,238
#62Secondary Education12,930
#63Sports Medicine12,586
#64Graphic Design12,245
#65Physical Education11,689
#66Music11,622
#67Sports Management11,177
#68Counseling Psychology11,044
#69Public Health10,833
#70Architecture10,761
#71Physical Therapy10,620
#72Surgical Technologist10,087
#73Diesel Mechanic9,909
#74Chemical Engineering9,857
#75Physics9,571
#76Baking And Pastry9,473
#77International Business9,351
#78Behavioral Science9,209
#79Philosophy8,733
#80Fire Science8,597
#81Nail Technician8,338
#82Veterinary Assistant8,253
#83Respiratory Therapy8,246
#84Dental Hygienist8,079
#85Criminology7,929
#86Biochemistry7,915
#87Auto Body7,841
#88Biomedical Engineering7,796
#89Cinematography And Film7,775
#90Phlebotomy7,536
#91Radiology Technician7,355
#92Audiology and Speech Pathology7,311
#93Physician Assistant7,142
#94Ministry7,051
#95Interior Design6,914
#96Engineering6,838
#97Environmental Science6,749
#98Physical Therapist Assistant6,744
#99Occupational Therapy6,615
#100Geology6,555
#101Geography6,436
#102Web Design6,386
#103Aircraft Mechanic6,351
#104Creative Writing6,326
#105Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling6,156
#106Theology6,142
#107Computer Programming5,909
#108Audio and Video Production5,730
#109Animal Science5,629
#110Clinical Psychology5,536
#111Operations Management5,508
#112Dentistry5,306
#113Computer Aided Design (CAD)5,263
#114Fashion Merchandising5,185
#115Religious Studies5,149
#116Ultrasound Technician5,115
#117Public Relations5,084
#118Biomedical Science4,871
#119Fashion Design4,672
#120Art History4,606
#121Public Policy4,487
#122Athletic Training4,385
#123Mental Health Counseling4,366
#124Child Development4,366
#125Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)4,353
#126Logistics and Supply Chain Management4,310
#127Neuroscience4,267
#128Engineering Management4,256
#129Animation4,152
#130Child Care4,109
#131Dietetics3,759
#132Systems Engineering3,755
#133Statistics3,625
#134Photography3,621
#135Parks and Recreation Management3,605
#136Hotel and Hospitality Management3,542
#137Carpentry3,422
#138Computer Graphics3,357
#139Marriage and Family Therapy3,306
#140Urban Planning3,270
#141Construction Management3,212
#142Aviation3,164
#143Linguistics3,028
#144Molecular Biology2,894
#145Property Management2,873
#146Real Estate2,843
#147Forensic Science2,828
#148School Psychology2,797
#149Nutrition2,737
#150Organizational and Nonprofit Management2,734
#151Agriculture2,702
#152Veterinary Medicine2,610
#153Dance2,588
#154Legal Studies2,569
#155Environmental and Wildlife Management2,507
#156Exercise Physiology2,331
#157Microbiology2,251
#158Chiropractic2,224
#159Horticulture2,192
#160Illustration1,984
#161Software Engineering1,973
#162Zoology1,942
#163Game Design1,932
#164Food Science1,847
#165Music Management1,812
#166Radio And Television Broadcasting1,794
#167Industrial Design1,769
#168Christian Counseling1,665
#169Petroleum Engineering1,623
#170Acupuncture1,602
#171Optometry1,560
#172Organizational Psychology1,516
#173Marine Biology1,506
#174Risk Management and Insurance1,351
#175Forensic Psychology1,343
#176Automotive Engineering1,290
#177Air Traffic Controller1,182
#178Makeup Artist1,104
#179Developmental And Child Psychology1,046
#180Medical Transcription1,044
#181Environmental Health972
#182Jewelry Design923
#183Forestry849
#184Health Informatics724
#185Equine Studies706
#186Court Reporting702
#187Art Therapy657
#188Museum Studies656
#189Sign Language555
#190Turf Management475
#191Podiatry471
#192Structural Engineering430
#193Music Therapy421
#194Holistic Health and Nutrition419
#195Gunsmithing412
#196Astronomy400
#197Wildlife Biology373
#198Botany372
#199Archaeology312
#200Photojournalism227