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Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)

The CIP is a taxonomic coding scheme that contains titles and descriptions of primarily postsecondary instructional programs. It was developed to facilitate NCES’ collection and reporting of postsecondary degree completions by major field of study using standard classifications that capture the majority of reportable program activity. The CIP: 2010 edition is the fourth revision of the CIP. It was originally published in 1980 and was revised in 1985, 1990, and 2000. The CIP is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications.

CIP 2020

CIP 2010

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