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 2007–2012 Median Time to Degree (years)
    University Graduate School Peer Institutions
Business 64 5.0 N/A
Education 414 5.6 N/A
Humanities 391 7.7 9.3
Life Sciences 408 5.7 6.9
Physical/Earth 391 5.9 6.7
Social Sciences 371 6.8 7.7
Other 263 6.7 9.7

IU graduation rates are generally comparable to national standards.

Area of Study Ph.D.'s Awarded 2007–2012 Completion Rates
    University Graduate School National Average
    7-year 10-year 7-year 10-year
Business 64 77.6% 88.2% N/A N/A
Education 414 51.1% 67.8% N/A N/A
Humanities 391 22.4% 55.1% 29.3% 49.3%
Life Sciences 408 57.0% 79.6% 53.7% 62.9%
Physical/Earth 391 43.1% 61.3% 48.2% 54.7%
Social Sciences 371 32.9% 53.1% 40.9% 55.9%
Other 263 41.5% 61.5% N/A N/A