Degree Completion Times and Financial Assistance for PhD Students

Topics: Graduate Education, Academic Affairs, Tuition and Fees, Revenue Enhancement, Administration and Finance

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Summary

Graduate programs are adopting financial incentives and restructuring degree requirements to reduce degree completion time. This report identifies median completion times for PhD students and outlines factors that contribute to variance in degree completion at private research universities. The report also discusses financial assistance for PhD students, with special attention to assistantship requirements.

Research Questions

  • What factors produce variance in time to degree completion?
  • What are tuition rates for PhD programs?
  • What types of financial assistance do PhD students receive?
  • How do central administrators determine the distribution of financial resources between graduate programs?