Biology 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. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Biology and the other Degree Programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies.

Updated August 2021

Enrollment Headcounts

  Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020 *COVID
Recipient Count (%) Count (%) Count (%)
Total 48 100% 41 100% 44 100%
       Domestic 36 75% 30 73% 30 68%
             URM 2 6% 3 7% 3 7%
       International 12 25% 11 27% 14 32%
Male 28 58% 22 54% 20 45%
Female 20 42% 19 46% 24 55%

Admissions

Recipient AY 2018 AY 2019 AY 2020 *COVID 
Applicants 26 21 27
Admits 10 6 9
Matriculants 7 6 6
Admit Rate 38% 29% 33%
Yield 70% 100% 67%

Degree Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2010-12 AY 2013-15 AY 2016-18
Total 11 17 11
       Domestic 9 10 9
             URM 0 0 0
       International 2 7 2
Male 3 11 6
Female 8 6 5

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2010-12 AY 2013-15 AY 2016-18
Total 5.3 7.0 5.5
       Domestic 5.6 7.4 5.8
             URM N/A 6.5 N/A
       International 4.5 6.5 4.5
Male 4.5 6.7 5.3
Female 5.5 7.6 5.8

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2007-09 AY 2010-12 AY 2013-15
Total Entering 21 24 31
    Retained 1 5 7
    Withdrawn 7 5 6
    Left w/ Master's 3 3 0
Total Completed 10 11 18
    Graduated in less than 4 yrs 1 0 3
     4 yrs to less than 5 yrs 2 6 6
     5 yrs to less than 6 yrs 1 1 7
     6 yrs to less than 7 yrs 1 1 1
     7 yrs or more 2 3 1

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2007-09 AY 2007-09 AY 2010-12
All Recipients (graduation rate) 48% 46% 58%
       Domestic 75% 33% 72%
             URM 0% 50% 6%
       International 52% 67% 28%
Male 40% 35% 56%
Female 54% 71% 62%

Notes

  • 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.
  • AY (Academic Year) begins in Summer and includes Fall and Spring.