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IMIM
12-06-2007, 06:56 PM
Hi everybody!

Some people were asking about Prelims and Ph.D. completion rates (2 examples: here (http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/81031-when-prelims-go-bad.html) or here (http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/80931-stressful.html)).

I thought it may be a good idea to collect this data in a single thread so I started this one (this kind of information is always useful). Those who have this kind of data or know where to find it for different departments and universities , please write them down here or post the link.

Also, please limit discussion in this thread.

This is what I have:

Graduation Rates at Northwestern University, Department of Economics:


This table shows the % of each class making it to completion of preliminary examinations, defending a dissertation prospectus, and completion of the Ph.D:

Class Prelims Prospectus Ph.D.
1985 100% 73% 67%
1986 79% 68% 58%
1987 74% 47% 47%
1988 72% 56% 50%
1989 68% 61% 54%
1990 52% 48% 32%
1991 54% 49% 43%
1992 58% 55% 42%
1993 75% 69% 63%
1994 79% 76% 69%
1995 74% 63% 56%
1996 91% 87% 87%
1997 91% 77% 68%
1998 86% 76% 62%
1999 89% 67% 61%
2000 81% 71% 62%
2001 92% 83% NA
2002 76% 71% NA
2003 83% 79% NA
2004 77% NA NA
2005 69% NA NA

For the 369 students entering between 1985 and 2000, on average 74% completed the first year and passed the prelims, 64% defended a dissertation prospectus and 56% received a doctoral degree. These data are skewed downwards by the effect of several large entering classes of domestic students during the recessionary years of the early 1990s which had high drop out rates when the economy improved.

The next table shows the time to completion for students entering between 1985 and 2000. Completion is based on the date that the degree was awarded, which may be up to a year from the time that the student left Northwestern to take up a job. The mean is 5.96 years. While the median is 6 years, 46% of the graduate complete in 5 years or less:

Duration Number Students
3 years 2
4 years 11
5 years 81
6 years 63
7 years 29
8 years 7
9 years 5
10 years 8
11 years 1
12 years 1

Source: Department of Economics, Northwestern University (Graduate Connection, Vol. 13, No.1, pp. 8/9).

Luckykid
12-07-2007, 12:57 AM
This is sweet

Sample Prelim Exams - Economics (http://www.econ.wisc.edu/grad/prelims/index.htm)