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.

Explore the Data

Admissions and enrollment

For fall 2020, the admission rate was 31%. The enrollment (yield) rate was 37%. Admissions and enrollment information for individual programs is also available through the link below.

Admissions and Enrollment bar chart showing 18,538 students applied, 5,808 were admitted, and 2,147 students enrolled for fall 2020.

Doctoral student funding

In fall 2020, 87% 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 2020 shows 36 percent of PhD students were research assistants, 30 percent were teaching assistants, 13 percent had other funding, 12 percent were fellows, 4 percent were project assistants, and 4 percent were trainees.

Degrees awarded

UW–Madison granted over 3,100 graduate degrees in 2020-21 (2,406 master’s degrees, 729 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%).

About Our Data Projects

The Graduate School is involved in a number of data projects that seek to improve data collection and transparency about graduate admissions, enrollment, funding, career outcomes, and more.