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Doctor’s Degrees in Medicine

19,720 Yearly Graduations
$55,600 Median Salary
$174,600 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in medicine is offered at 147 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 39 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.2% of medicine graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Medicine Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19,720 students earned their doctor's degree in medicine. This makes it the 1st most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in medicine at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 19,720

Earnings of Medicine Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in medicine is $55,600. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $54,000 and the high is $56,850.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in medicine is $174,600. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $204,598 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $139,618.

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The median monthly payment of a medicine graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $2,034.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degrees in medicine. About 51.9% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 10,240
Women 9,480
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Medicine

The racial-ethnic distribution of medicine doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,036
Black or African American 1,233
Hispanic or Latino 1,720
White 10,529
International Students 245
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,957
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medicine Doctor's Degree Students

There are 147 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in medicine. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
347 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Roughly 50,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 347 doctor's degrees were handed out to medicine majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. About 51% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

318 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

The medicine program at Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis awarded 318 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

298 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Illinois at Chicago. Roughly 32,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

The medicine program at University of Illinois at Chicago awarded 298 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 45% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
272 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wayne State University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Roughly 26,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,024 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,285 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 272 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from Wayne State. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#5

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
270 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Thomas Jefferson University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Each year, around 8,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,420 per year.

The medicine program at Thomas Jefferson University awarded 270 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 51% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
257 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 257 doctor's degrees were handed out to medicine majors at UW - Madison. Of these students, 53% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

253 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 253 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from UW Seattle. About 52% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Augusta University

Augusta, Georgia
246 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Augusta University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Roughly 8,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,892 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,504 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 246 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from Augusta University. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#9

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
243 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Drexel University. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 243 doctor's degrees were handed out to medicine majors at Drexel. About 51% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

243 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Each year, around 5,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,729 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 243 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from UTHealth. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

237 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas Medical Branch is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Roughly 3,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,454 per year.

The medicine program at The University of Texas Medical Branch awarded 237 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 43% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
229 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Each year, around 51,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 229 doctor's degrees were handed out to medicine majors at UMN Twin Cities. About 54% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
229 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Medical College of Wisconsin comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Roughly 1,400 attend the school each year. The medicine program at Medical College of Wisconsin awarded 229 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 43% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
210 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 210 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from VCU. Of these students, 43% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

210 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Roughly 3,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,875 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,114 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 210 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from UT Health San Antonio. About 42% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

204 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Case Western Reserve University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,524 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 204 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from Case Western. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#17

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
203 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kansas comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Roughly 27,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,092 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,989 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 203 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from KU. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

201 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in medicine. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The medicine program at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center awarded 201 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 52% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

New York Medical College

Valhalla, New York
200 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York Medical College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The medicine program at New York Medical College awarded 200 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

200 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in medicine. Each year, around 1,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 200 people received their doctor's degree in medicine from SUNY Downstate. Of these students, 43% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Medicine Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,720

Below are some popular majors that are similar to medicine that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,507
Rehabilitation Professions 13,537
Nursing 8,781
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,374

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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