Biochemistry PhD Program Characteristics and Outcomes

As a member of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, Case Western Reserve University publishes statistics annually for PhD programs in the life sciences. The following data can also be downloaded as a PDF here or viewed as a data visualization here. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Biochemistry and the other Degree Programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies

Enrollment Headcounts

  Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018
Recipient Count (%) Count (%) Count (%)
Total 40 100% 34 100% 28 100%
       Domestic 22 55.0% 19 56.0% 15 54.0%
             URM 3 14.0% 2 11.0% 2 13.0%
       International 18 45.0% 15 44.0% 13 46.0%
    Male 17 43.0% 14 41.0% 9 32.0%
    Female 23 57.0% 20 59.0% 19 68.0%

Admissions*

Recipient AY 2016 AY 2017 AY 2018
BSTP Applicants 208 276 370
BSTP Admits 41 62 84
BSTP Matriculants 13 17 34
BSTP Admit Rate 19.7% 22.5% 22.7%
BSTP Yield 31.7% 28.3% 40.5%

Degree Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 33 31 36
       Domestic 13 14 19
             URM 0 0 1
       International 20 17 17
    Male 18 17 17
    Female 15 14 19

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 5.59 6 6.17
       Domestic 5.59 5.8 6.59
             URM N/A N/A 10.59
       International 5.67 6 5.75
    Male 5.59 6 7
    Female 6 6.17 6

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
Total Entering 33 50 36
    Retained 0 0 6
    Withdrawn 0 3 2
    Left w/ Master's 3 6 4
    Total Completed 30 41 24
            < 4 years 1 3 1
            4-5 4 5 1
            5-6 8 10 10
            6-7 10 11 8
            > 7 years 7 12 4

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
All Recipients 90.9% 82.0% 66.7%
       Domestic 88.2% 78.3% 60.0%
             URM N/A 33.3% N/A
       International 93.8% 85.2% 75.0%
    Male 87.5% 77.4% 55.6%
    Female 94.1% 89.5% 77.8%

Notes

  • * Biochemistry participates in the Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP), an umbrella program that serves, among other capacities, as a central recruiting and admissions portal for 11 biomedical PhD programs at CWRU SOM. 
  • Underrepresented Minorities (URM) includes individuals who self-identify with one or more of the following: African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino/a; Multiracial, Native American/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander
  • Time to degree for recipients is the elapsed time between entering a graduate program and degree conferral date and includes any leaves of absence.