CIP Code Information

From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity.

The CIP titles and program descriptions are intended to be generic categories into which program completions data can be placed, not exact duplicates of a specific major or field of study titles used by individual institutions. CIP codes are standard statistical coding tools that reflect current practice, and are not a prescriptive list of officially recognized or permitted programs. The CIP is not intended to be a regulatory device. CIP codes, for the most part, are not intended to correspond exclusively to any specific degree or program level. In most cases, any given instructional program may be offered at various levels, and CIP codes are intended to capture all such data.

How to Read a CIP Code

(adapted from Sic Codes)

The CIP is subdivided in a hierarchical, three-level structure. The highest level is the 2-digit series, which is composed of 47 categories. This is followed by the 4-digit series, composed of 421 categories, and the final level 6-digit series which is composed of 1,847 classifications.

Example

Digit Level Numeric Definition Category
2-digit 14 Engineering
4-digit 14.08 Civil Engineering
6-digit 14.0804 Transportation and Highway Engineering

 

 

 

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CSU Majors by CIP Code

The California State University system hosts a database of Major CIP Codes with CSU Concentration Names, Systemwide Discipline Divisions and their CIP Codes.

STEM CIP Codes

DHS maintains a complete list of fields that fall within the regulatory definition of “STEM field” that qualifies certain degrees to fulfill the extension requirement.