Graduate School Data

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.

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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.

Admissions and Enrollment bar chart showing 18,763 students applied, 6,171 were admitted, and 2,663 students enrolled for fall 2021.

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.

PhD Student Funding pie chart data for fall 2021 shows 37 percent of PhD students were research assistants, 29 percent were teaching assistants, 14 percent had other funding, 12 percent were fellows, 5 percent were project assistants, and 4 percent were trainees.

Degrees awarded

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.

Graphic of a graduation cap floats above text saying 2,333 master's degrees awarded. Next to it, a graphic of a ribbon floats above text saying 816 PhD degrees awarded.

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%).

A horizontal bar is segmented into color chunks representing the percentages of PhD alumni now employed in different sectors. This includes 53 percent in academia, 34 percent in for-profit industries, 6 percent in government, 6 percent in nonprofits, and 1 percent in other sectors.