Doctoral glut


Rightwingprof has an article noting the rising number of doctoral degrees being given by tracking some stats from 1970 to the present and the implications of supply and demand on the academic job market.

As I noted in the comments there, it would be interesting to see (1) the proportion of doctoral degrees since 1970 that have been given in non-traditional academic areas like the “Studies”, (2) the proportion of doctoral degrees that are not PhD’s but non-dissertation terminal degrees like the EdD (which, in my experience, an awful lot of people have gotten in the last 15 years), and (3) the proportion of doctoral degrees since 1970 that have been given not by the usual academic universities but smaller schools (or online universities) with startup doctoral programs that are usually easy to get into and out of.

I think there will always be a market for people with PhD’s in important, substantive areas, whether it’s in or out of higher ed. But certainly it’s your skills and not your pedigree that keep you viable in any job market.

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  1. I’m pretty sure that the Ed.D. requires a dissertation. The main differerence between an Ed.D. and a Ph.D. is that the Ed.D. is more “applied” and the Ph.D. in Education is more “theoretical.”

  2. Right. An EdD is for somebody who wants to be a school administrator, and a PhD is for somebody who, well, wants to be ed school faculty.

  3. coderprof

    Oddly enough, many schools that offer both PhD (in Education) and EdD degrees use the exact same requirements for both. So there is no actual distinction in work, though there may be a distinction in how the degrees are perceived. The same thing is happening in many business schools – students get to choose either a PhD in Business Administration or a DBA based on the ssame requirements.