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 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Recipient Count (%) Count (%) Count (%)
Total 34 100% 28 100% 18 100%
       Domestic 19 56% 15 54% 8 44%
             URM 2 11% 2 13% 1 6%
       International 15 44% 13 46% 10 56%
    Male 14 41% 9 32% 5 28%
    Female 20 59% 19 68% 13 72%

Admissions*

Recipient AY 2017 AY 2018 AY 2019
BSTP Applicants 276 370 405
BSTP Admits 62 84 80
BSTP Matriculants 17 34 29
BSTP Admit Rate 23% 23% 20%
BSTP Yield 28% 41% 36%

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    Withdrawn 0 3 2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.