Rackham

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 Rackham website to learn more about the intellectual life, successes, and opportunities in this Ph.D. program.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2014 5 year Average
Number of applications 14638 14310
Number of new doctoral students 989 998
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2014 5 year Average
Total enrollment 5153 5193
Female 42% 43%
Male 58% 57%
International 33% 33%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 67% 67%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2014 5 year Average
African American 5% 5%
Asian American 10% 10%
Hispanic (one or more races) 9% 8%
Native American <1% <1%
Pacific Islander <1% <1%
White 68% 71%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 4% 3%
Not indicated 4% 2%
Ph.D. Degree
2014 5 year Average
Number of degrees awarded 848 811
Median years to Ph.D. 5.4 5.4
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2014 73%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2014 5 year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 93% 90%
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) 5% 5%
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) 2% 5%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type first year after graduation, 2010 - 2014 cohorts Position type five years after graduation, 2006 - 2010 cohorts Position type ten years after graduation, 2000 - 2005 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 14% 32% 42%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 38% 13% 2%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 11% 13% 13%
Business / Industry 18% 24% 23%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 7% 10% 11%
Not employed 7% 2% 1%
No data available 6% 6% 9%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 4052 3763 2474

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 23, 2014.