For First Time, Women Earn More PhDs Than Men Men now get fewer degrees of any kind By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Sep 14, 2010 2:17 PM CDT 36 comments Comments Women outpace men in doctorate degrees for the first time. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Women earned more doctoral degrees than men in the 2008-2009 academic year for the first time in US history, the Washington Post reports. The PhD is the final degree to be affected by the groundswell of women in higher education—they already outnumbered men on undergraduate and master's degrees. As for doctoral degrees, women earned 28,962, while men earned 28,469. "It is a trend that has been snaking its way through the educational pipeline," said the author of the report from the Council of Graduate Schools. "It was bound to happen."