Graduation Rates for Master's & Doctoral Students
Graduation outcomes of PhD students
Overview - By college and degree program - last updated 2008
The Office of Planning, Budget, and Analysis looked at graduation rates for master's and doctoral students. For both groups we combined three years of entering cohorts in order to obtain sufficient numbers for analysis by program.
Over three quarters of entering master's students graduated within 3 years. Over a half of entering doctoral students graduated within seven years and just over 60% graduated within 10 years.
All figures here match those published in the graduate education section of the Academic Review and Planning unit profiles for 2008-09 reviews.
There is a wide variance in the results by discipline college and degree program.
Method and population
Students are counted multiple times if they began multiple programs at the same level (can be in the same term or in different terms). If a student is in two programs but completes a degree in only one program then the student is counted TWICE: once as a successful completion in the program with degree, and then a second time as an unsuccessful completion in the other program.
For each entering student we found the earliest degree after entry that matches entry type (master's or doctoral). We ignored master's degrees earned by students who entered as doctoral-seeking.
In counting elapsed time, three terms (fall, spring, summer) are counted as one year.
Also see our previous postings on master's and doctoral graduation rates...
Last revision 01/18/11
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