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How many honorary degrees are awarded per year?


The number of honorary degrees awarded per year varies by country. In the United States, there are about 6,400 doctorates and 3,000 masters degrees given out each year. 

  • The UK awards about 1,000 honorary doctorates every year (and is home to approximately 20 universities with more than 50 years of history). 
  • Canada awards about 500 honorary doctorates annually; it’s also home to 11 universities with more than 100 years under their belt—including McGill University in Montreal and York University in Toronto. 
  • India awards about 300 honorary doctorates each year; its most famous university, the University of Delhi, was founded in 1922. The country also has more than 8,000 colleges and universities. 
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