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BYU one of the best Ph.D. launch pads in the country



BYU continues to be one of the top schools in the nation for producing future Ph.D.s, according to a recently released report sponsored by six federal agencies.

Data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates shows BYU is No. 5 among U.S. universities for graduates who went on to earn research doctorate degrees between 2007 and 2016, trailing only the University of California-Berkeley, Cornell University, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin.

Nearly 3,000 BYU graduates went on to earn Ph.D. degrees over the last decade, with 303 BYU graduates earning a research doctorate degree in 2016, the most recent year of data from the survey. Of those BYU grads who received doctorates in 2016, 78 earned degrees in psychology and social sciences, 55 earned degrees in life sciences and 39 earned degrees in engineering.

Read about Hannah Bonner, a recent BYU graduate going on to pursue a Ph.D.

The Survey of Earned Doctorates is an annual census of all individuals receiving a research doctorate from an accredited U.S. institution. The survey is sponsored by six federal agencies: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

According to the report, U.S. institutions awarded 54,604 research doctorate degrees in 2016. To search the full Survey of Earned Doctorates data, click here:

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