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. 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 Biology 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 46 100% 48 100% 41 100%
       Domestic 31 67% 36 75% 30 73%
             URM 2 6% 2 6% 3 7%
       International 15 33% 12 25% 11 27%
    Male 26 57% 28 58% 22 54%
    Female 20 43% 20 42% 19 46%

Admissions

Recipient AY 2017 AY 2018 AY 2019
Applicants 41 26 21
Admits 10 10 6
Matriculants 7 7 6
Admit Rate 24% 38% 29%
Yield 70% 70% 100%

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 2004-06 AY 2007-09 AY 2010-12
Total Entering 14 21 24
    Retained 0 1 5
    Withdrawn 1 7 5
    Left w/ Master's 0 3 3
    Total Completed 13 10 11
            < 3YR 0 0 0
            3-4 0 1 0
            4-5 4 2 6
            5-6 2 1 1
            6-7 2 1 1
            7-8 2 3 3
            8-9 2 1 0
            9-10 1 0 0
            > 10 0 1 0

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-06 AY 2007-09 AY 2010-12
All Recipients 93% 48% 46%
       Domestic 91% 75% 33%
             URM 100% 0% 50%
       International 100% 52% 67%
    Male 100% 40% 35%
    Female 88% 54% 71%

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.