More women earning university degrees

The number of women earning university degrees is on the rise, according to new figures from Statistics Canada.

About 60% of the 244,380 degrees, diplomas and certificates granted by Canadian universities in 2008 were given to women, according to the data released in July.

In 1992, women were awarded 56.4% of the qualifications.

Women accounted for 44.2% of the doctorate degrees granted in 2008.

The number of master’s degrees awarded to women increased almost 6%.

Women accounted for about 58% of the students who enrolled in university in the 2008/2009 academic year.

Overall, the number of students who enrolled in university rose 3.7% to 1.1 million, the study found.

Social and behavioural sciences, law, business, public administration, education, health and humanities were among the most popular fields of study.