Increasing the number of degrees awarded at Arizona’s public universities is an integral part of the board’s strategic plan for student success. Considerable growth continues in the number of bachelor’s and graduate degrees earned by students. This is a major win for the state of Arizona to improve the skills of the local workforce and expand educational attainment.
Data reflected in the 2016-17 Degrees and Majors Report shows the Arizona university system awarded 29,298 bachelor’s degrees and 11,183 graduate degrees – an increase of 6.6 percent in bachelor’s degrees and a 1.7 percent increase in graduate degrees compared to last year.
Comparatively, bachelor degree awards have increased 57 percent and the number of graduate degrees by 48 percent from just 10 years ago. The greatest growth in undergraduate and graduate majors are in areas including business and marketing, health professions and related clinical services, and engineering.