Pathology 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 Pathology 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 51 100% 24 100% 48 100%
       Domestic 44 86% 17 71% 42 88%
             URM 12 27% 6 25% 10 21%
       International 7 14% 7 29% 6 13%
Male 27 53% 11 46% 24 50%
Female 24 47% 13 54% 24 50%

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 27 43 50
     Domestic 24 30 43
           URM 2 2 6
     International 3 7 7
Male 16 24 27
Female 11 19 23

Median Time to Degree for Recipients

by Academic Year of Conferral

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2014-18
Total 4.6 5.4 5.3
     Domestic 4.6 5.4 5.0
           URM 6.0 3.9 5.8
     International 4.0 5.8 6.0
Male 4.7 5.3 5.0
Female 4.3 5.6 5.3

Cohort Completions

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2013-15
Total Entering 59 55 29
    Retained 0 3 6
    Withdrawn 3 7 3
    Left w/ Master's 12 2 2
Total Completed 44 43 18
     Graduated in less than 4 yrs 6 1 3
      4 yrs to less than 5 yrs 6 15 2
      5 yrs to less than 6 yrs 17 16 4
      6 yrs to less than 7 yrs 12 10 8
      7 yrs or more 3 1 1

Cohort Completion Rates

by Academic Year of Entry

Recipient AY 2004-08 AY 2009-13 AY 2013-15
All Recipients (graduation rate) 75% 78% 62%
     Domestic 76% 79% 94%
           URM 50% 63% 22%
     International 71% 71% 6%
Male 86% 74% 79%
Female 69% 86% 47%

Notes

  • * Pathology participates in the Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP), an umbrella program that serves, among other capacities, as a central recruiting and admissions portal for 11 biomedical PhD programs at CWRU SOM.
  • 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.