Chemistry 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 Chemistry 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 13 100% 57 100% 49 100%
       Domestic 7 54% 34 60% 28 57%
             URM 1 14% 9 26% 8 16%
       International 6 46% 23 40% 21 43%
Male 7 54% 36 63% 28 57%
Female 6 46% 21 37% 21 43%

Admissions*

Recipient AY 2018 AY 2019 AY 2020 *COVID
Applicants 109 151 240
Admits 13 25 39
Matriculants 13 9 8
Admit Rate 12% 17% 16%
Yield 100% 36% 21%

Degree Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2010-12 AY 2013-15 AY 2016-18
Total 35 37 36
      Domestic 13 14 26
            URM 2 0 1
      International 22 23 10
Male 18 21 22
Female 17 16 14

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2010-12 AY 2013-15 AY 2016-18
Total 5.8 5.6 5.6
      Domestic 6.0 5.5 5.7
            URM 6.5 0 6.0
      International 5.7 5.7 5.5
Male 5.7 5.7 5.9
Female 5.9 5.4 5.3

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2007-09 AY 2009-12 AY 2013-15
Total Entering 44 51 54
    Retained 0 0 6
    Withdrawn 5 4 21
    Left w/ Master's 7 10 5
Total Completed 32 37 22
     Graduated in less than 4 years 2 1 1
     4rs to less than 5yrs 15 21 8
     5yrs to less than 6 yrs 10 10 10
     6yrs to less than 7 yrs 4 4 3
     7 yrs or more 1 1 0

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-06 AY 2007-09 AY 2010-12
All Recipients (graduation rate) 73% 73% 41%
      Domestic 71% 84% 55%
            URM 0% 100% 14%
      International 73% 62% 45%
Male 90% 96% 32%
Female 85% 89% 63%
Other - - 0%

Notes

  • * Chemistry PhD program does not distinguish between life sciences and non-life sciences work during either application or matriculation.  For applicants, admits and matriculants reported here, numbers are based on individual review of interests of applicants, and a cross-check with the advisor's specialization once one has been assigned.
  • 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.