The University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School is committed to data transparency about student experiences and employment outcomes. This page provides data highlights, links to interactive data dashboards, and information about national data initiatives in which UW–Madison is a partner.
Explore the Data
Admissions and enrollment
For fall 2021, the admission rate was 33%. The enrollment (yield) rate was 43%. Admissions and enrollment information for individual programs is also available through the link below.
Doctoral student funding
In fall 2021, 86% of PhD students had full funding through UW in the form of graduate assistantships and fellowships. Other students generally rely on a combination of funding sources such as external funding, employment, personal savings, and loans.
UW–Madison granted over 3,100 graduate degrees in 2021-22 (2,333 master’s degrees, 816 PhD degrees), with a median time to degree of 5.8 years for a PhD degree and 1.8 years for a master’s degree.
Doctoral career outcomes
PhD alumni 5 years post-graduation held careers in a variety of sectors, including in academia (53% of PhD graduates), for-profit industries (34%), government (6%), non-profit organizations (6%), and other fields (1%).
Recognizing the lack of clear marketplace information on career options for life scientists, UW–Madison joined eight other research universities and a major cancer institute to form a coalition that has publicly posted career outcomes data for biomedical scientists.