Molecular Biology and Microbiology 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 Molecular Biology and Microbiology 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 14 100% 14 100% 3 100%
       Domestic 10 71% 11 79% 2 67%
             URM 4 40% 4 36% 0 0%
       International 4 29% 3 21% 1 33%
    Male 8 57% 7 50% 3 100%
    Female 6 43% 7 50% 0 0%

Admissions

Recipient AY 2017 AY 2018 AY 2019
BSTP Applicants 276 370 405
BSTP Admits 62 84 80
BSTP Matriculants 17 34 29
BSTP Admit Rate 23% 23% 20%
BSTP Yield 28% 41% 36%

Degree Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 24 33 23
       Domestic 19 23 17
             URM 2 1 2
       International 5 10 6
    Male 17 17 14
    Female 7 16 9

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 6.12 6 5.25
       Domestic 6.25 6 5.25
             URM 6.62 7.59 6.42
       International 5.75 5.8 6.3
    Male 6.25 6.25 5.42
    Female 5.59 5.8 5.25

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
Total Entering 28 43 22
    Retained 0 0 1
    Withdrawn 1 3 2
    Left w/ Master's 2 2 1
    Total Completed 25 38 18
            < 4 years 1 1 1
            4-5 5 10 6
            5-6 5 8 6
            6-7 8 10 2
            > 7 years 6 9 3

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 1999-2003 AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13
All Recipients 89.3% 88.4% 81.8%
       Domestic 94.7% 87.9% 81.2%
             URM 100% 66.7% 50.0%
       International 77.8% 90.0% 83.3%
    Male 94.7% 95.0% 91.7%
    Female 87.5% 54.5% 70.0%

Notes

  • Molecular Biology & Microbiology is the home department for 3 different PhD programs: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Microbiology, and Molecular Virology. The statistics for all 3 programs have been combined on this summary sheet.
  • 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.