Biomedical Engineering 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 Biomedical Engineering 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 91 100% 97 100% 112 100%
       Domestic 60 66% 61 63% 68 61%
             URM 5 8% 5 8% 9 13%
       International 31 34% 36 37% 44 39%
    Male 56 62% 56 58% 64 57%
    Female 35 39% 40 31% 47 42%
    Other 0 0% 0 0% 1 1%

Admissions

Recipient AY 2017 AY 2018 AY 2019
Applicants 103 154 164
Admits 15 18 45
Matriculants 14 17 26
Admit Rate 15% 12% 27%
Yield 93% 94% 58%

Degree Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2010-12 AY 2013-15 AY 2016-18
Total 53 59 29
       Domestic 27 41 19
             URM 3 6 1
       International 26 18 10
    Male 39 33 18
    Female 14 26 11

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2010-12 AY 2013-15 AY 2016-18
Total 4.5 5.4 5.2
       Domestic 6.7 5.6 5.3
             URM 5 5.5 4
       International 5 5.4 5.4
    Male 5.5 5.6 5.6
    Female 5.1 5.4 5

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-06 AY 2007-09 AY 2010-12
Total Entering 45 61 46
    Retained 0 1 1
    Withdrawn 3 3 2
    Left w/ Master's 5 5 13
    Total Completed 37 52 30
            < 3YR 1 0 0
            3-4 11 6 6
            4-5 9 10 5
            5-6 0 14 15
            6-7 8 16 4
            7-8 4 5 0
            8-9 2 1 0
            9-10 2 0 0
            > 10 0 0 0

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-06 AY 2007-09 AY 2010-12
All Recipients 82.2% 85.2% 65.2%
       Domestic 75.0% 95.2% 78.8%
             URM 80.0% 88.9% 0.0%
       International 90.5% 89.5% 69.2%
    Male 79.3% 87.2% 55.2%
    Female 87.5% 81.8% 82.4%

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.