2002~2017 Doctoral Graduates by Sex
This is the result of dividing the doctoral graduates by sex from 2002 to 2017 through the Basic Statistics on Education by the Korean Educational Development Institute. Since 2002, both males and females have seen an overall increase in the number of doctoral degree holders per year, and the increase in the number of females is increasing, showing that the proportion of females among graduates is steadily growing.
Looking at specific figures, in 2002, out of a total of 6,757 doctorates, 1,569 of graduates were female, accounting for 23.2%. In 2005, out of a total of 8,602 doctorates, 2,234 graduates were female, accounting for 26.0% which was a 2.8%p increase. This rate has increased even further and in 2008, 2,763 out of 9,369 doctorates were femal which means one in three doctorates in that year was female. This increase continued and as of 2017, among the 14,316 doctorates, 5,385 were female which accounted for 37.6%.
As mentioned earlier, the number of both female and male doctorates have steadily increased. In 2002, the number of male doctorates was 5,188, and it increased to 8,931 in 2017. For male, the annual number of doctoral graduates has increased by 1.7 times. In 2002, there were 1,569 female doctoral graduates which is increased to 5,385 in 2017 which is 3.4 times higher than 2002.