Ph.D. Program Statistics - Physics

In order to make the activity and culture of graduate programs more visible, we provide in the table below basic statistics about the Ph.D. programs at the University of Michigan. The data and variables were selected to offer a more accurate and helpful picture than those provided by external sources. We also encourage you to visit the Physics website to learn more about the intellectual life, successes, and opportunities in this Ph.D. program.

The Ph.D. program statistics are also available in an interactive dashboard (Tableau).

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2018 5 Year Average
Number of applications 634 599
Number of new doctoral students 25 25
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2018 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 149 144
Female 32% 32%
Male 68% 68%
International 38% 41%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 62% 59%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2018 5 Year Average
African American 2% 2%
Asian American 11% 12%
Hispanic (one or more races) 4% 7%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 75% 75%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 3% 3%
Not indicated 4% 2%
Ph.D. Degree
2018 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 22 22
Median years to Ph.D. 5.57 5.54
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2018 77%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2018 84%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2018 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 97% 98%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 3% 1%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 0%
Ph.D. Career Outcomes Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2004 - 2008 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2009 - 2013 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2014 - 2018 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 25% 9% 1%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 7% 33% 37%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 10% 8% 2%
Business / Industry 30% 35% 34%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 20% 10% 3%
Not employed 0% 0% 4%
No data available 6% 4% 20%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 83 97 110

Last updated April 8, 2019.