ERIC Number: ED393337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Time to Complete a Doctorate Degree, by Field of Study. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
This report provides data on the number of years doctoral students take to complete their degrees. Between 1970 and 1993, total time-to-degree (the number of years between the baccalaureate and doctoral degrees) increased from a median of 7.9 years to 11.2 years. Students who majored in the natural sciences or in computer sciences and engineering took less time on average to complete their doctoral degrees than students who majored in education and other technical/professional fields. Registered time-to-degree (the number of years actually enrolled in graduate study) increased slightly between 1970 and 1993, and showed less variability across fields of study and between males and females that total time-to-degree. Students whose primary source of financial support was personal resources had the longest time between completing their bachelor's and doctoral degrees, whereas students with federal research assistantships had the shortest. (MDM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: This indicator is extracted from "The Condition of Education, 1995."