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. Find more information about CWRU's PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology 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 14 100% 3 100% 4 100%
       Domestic 11 79% 2 67% 3 75%
             URM 4 36% 0 0% 0 0%
       International 3 21% 1 33% 1 25%
Male 7 50% 3 100% 3 75%
Female 7 50% 0 0% 1 25%

Admissions*

Recipient AY 2018 AY 2019 AY 2020 *COVID 
BSTP Applicants 370 405 536
BSTP Admits 84 80 85
BSTP Matriculants 34 29 20
BSTP Admit Rate 23% 20% 16%
BSTP Yield 41% 36% 24%

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 6.1 6.0 5.3
       Domestic 6.3 6.0 5.3
             URM 6.6 7.6 6.4
       International 5.8 5.8 6.3
Male 6.3 6.3 5.4
Female 5.6 5.8 5.3

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2013-15
Total Entering 43 22 7
    Retained 0 1 3
    Withdrawn 3 2 1
    Left w/ Master's 2 1 0
Total Completed 38 18 3
     Graduated in less than 4 yrs 1 1 0
      4 yrs to less than 5 yrs 10 6 2
      5 yrs to less than 6 yrs 8 6 0
      6 yrs to less than 7 yrs 10 2 0
       7 yrs or more 9 3 1

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2013-15
All Recipients (graduation rate) 88% 82% 43%
       Domestic 88% 81% 33%
             URM 67% 50% 0%
       International 90% 83% 67%
Male 95% 92% 20%
Female 55% 70% 100%

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.
  • AY (Academic Year) begins in Summer and includes Fall and Spring.