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List of the Most Popular College & University Degrees

The number of degrees obtained continues to increase, with certain degrees being sought more frequently than others. Learn what degrees are most popular for each level as well as which jobs are expected to grow the most.

List of the Most Popular College & University Degrees

What are the Most Popular College Degrees?

The number of people earning college degrees is steadily increasing, but the specific fields of degrees vary based on the degree level. The most commonly obtained bachelor's degrees are those in psychology, business, health and other fields (see below). The most common degrees for graduate and doctoral students include those in business, engineering, education and health professions. For many schools, programs in business, psychology, education and health are the most popular. All of our rankings use data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Popular Degree Fields Business, psychology, education, healthcare, engineering
Popular Associate's Degrees General studies, business, healthcare, security and law enforcement, computer sciences
Popular Bachelor's Degrees Psychology, business, social sciences, healthcare, sciences
Popular Master's Degrees Education, business, healthcare, computer and information sciences, public administration
Popular Doctoral Degrees Education, healthcare, engineering, education, legal studies

Which Associate's Degrees are the Most Popular?

Associate's degree programs usually take around two years to complete (full-time) and can be obtained in technical, professional and other fields. Between 2004 and 2015, the number of people completing associate's degree programs increased by 46%. Some students directly enter careers after completing an associate's degree while other students use their degrees to transfer credits into a four-year program. The most popular associate's degree fields are listed below (by popularity).

  1. Liberal arts and general studies (typically for transfer)
  2. Health professions and related programs
  3. Business and related fields
  4. Homeland security, law enforcement and criminal justice
  5. Computer and information sciences

What are the Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Programs?

Bachelor's degrees are the most commonly acquired level of degrees and are offered by countless schools across the United States. Students without prior college coursework can usually complete these programs in four years of full-time study, with many completing their programs online. The most popular bachelor's degree fields are listed (by popularity) below.

  1. Business
  2. Health professions and related programs
  3. Social sciences and history
  4. Psychology
  5. Biological and biomedical sciences

What are the Most Popular Master's Degrees?

Master's degree programs typically are two-year programs available to those who have completed a bachelor's degree. Some students complete master's degree programs in order to meet the educational qualifications for specific jobs while other students obtain a master's degree in order to advance within their current field. Many master's degree programs are available completely online and offer flexible learning options. Some of the most popular master's degree fields are listed below in order of popularity.

  1. Business
  2. Education
  3. Health professions and related programs
  4. Engineering
  5. Public Administration and social services

Which Doctoral Programs are Most Popular?

The amount of doctoral degrees earned during an academic year has tripled since the early 1970s. Graduates of doctoral degree programs have extensive knowledge of their fields. The length of doctoral programs vary drastically, depending on the specific field and student education level. The most popular doctoral degree fields are listed below (by popularity).

  1. Health professions and related programs
  2. Legal professions and studies
  3. Education
  4. Engineering
  5. Biological and biomedical sciences