Measures of Quality

No matter which IU campus you enroll in through the University Graduate School, you’re receiving a degree of the highest quality. Our students outperform their peers in other colleges and universities across the nation.

IU graduate students take less time to complete their Ph.D.’s than students at peer institutions in all areas of study.

Area of Study Ph.D.'s Awarded 2007–2015 Median Time to Degree (years)
    University Graduate School Peer Institutions
Business 144 4.9 N/A
Education 767 5.7 N/A
Humanities 851 7.8 9.3
Life Sciences 921 5.8 6.9
Physical/Earth 807 5.9 6.7
Social Sciences 882 6.8 7.7
Other 356 6.7 9.7

IU graduation rates are generally comparable to national standards.

Area of Study Completion Rates
  University Graduate School
Completion Rates as of 2015
National Average
  7-year 10-year 7-year 10-year
Business 76.4% 83.5% N/A N/A
Education 52.1% 63.2% N/A N/A
Humanities 30.1% 50.9% 29.3% 49.3%
Life Sciences 58.0% 73.7% 53.7% 62.9%
Physical/Earth 49.1% 59.2% 48.2% 54.7%
Social Sciences 41.9% 56.6% 40.9% 55.9%
Other 44.3% 66.2% N/A N/A