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. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Biology 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 45 100% 46 100% 48 100%
       Domestic 33 73% 31 67% 36 75%
             URM 2 6% 2 6% 2 6%
       International 12 27% 15 33% 12 25%
    Male 25 56% 26 57% 28 58%
    Female 20 44% 20 43% 20 42%

Admissions

Recipient AY 2016 AY 2017 AY 2018
Applicants 39 41 26
Admits 8 10 10
Matriculants 7 7 7
Admit Rate 21% 24% 38%
Yield 88% 70% 70%

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    Withdrawn 1 7 5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.