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Why earn a Ph.D.?

  • It is the most Advanced Research Degree in Academia.
  • The Capstone Academic Degree in most academic disciplines.
  • The Academic Degree That Certifies Recipients for Careers in the Research Community and Higher Education.

Benefits of earning a Ph.D.

  • Opens more doors of opportunities in the field of higher education.
  • Develops a solid foundation for career success and mobility.
  • Provides opportunities through research to ask and answer questions of importance to society.

Long term benefits of the Ph.D.

  • Lower Unemployment Rates.
  • Higher lifetime Earned Income.
  • Greater Likelihood for leadership and supervisory positions.

Graduate Education in the U.S.

  • Most Graduate Students are enrolled at public institutions.
  • 56% of current Graduate students are women and have earned 46% of the doctoral degrees.
  • Students of color represent approximately 19% of graduate enrollment, but students of color are the fastest growing segments of the graduate community. (71% increase in the last 10 years compared to 12% increase for whites).

Ph.D. Trends and Under-representation

  • Approximately 43,000 Ph.D.s are Awarded Annually.
  • Approximately 28,000 U.S. citizens & Puerto Ricans (2/3)
  • Approximately 60% to Men.
  • Approximately 12.5% (3500) to people of color.
  • Approximately 4.6% (1300) to African Americans.
  • Approximately 3.4% (950) to Hispanics.

National leaders in producing minority Ph.D. graduates

African American Hispanic American Asian American Native American
Howard U. of Texas - Austin UC Berkeley Oklahoma
Ohio State Puerto Rico-Piedras UCLA Oklahoma State
Michigan UC Berkeley Stanford UC Berkeley
Wayne State UCLA USC Wisconsin
Columbia Teachers College Texas A & M MIT Arizona