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All Departments: PhD Time to Degree Statistics

  Duke
median
  US median
in 2014
       
HUMANITIES 6.3   9.2
Art History 6.8   n/a
Classical Studies 7.0   n/a
English 5.8   n/a
German Studies (Carolina-Duke German program) 6.4   n/a
History ** 6.7   9.0
Literature 6.5   n/a
Music 6.3   n/a
Philosophy 6.3   n/a
Religion 5.7   n/a
Romance Studies 6.7   n/a
       
SOCIAL SCIENCES 5.7   7.8
Cultural Anthropology 6.7   9.8
Economics 5.7   6.9
Political Science 6.0   8.2
Psychology 5.0   7.0
Public Policy Studies 5.7   n/a
Sociology 6.0   9.3
       
PHYSICAL SCIENCES 5.0   6.5
Chemistry 5.0   5.7
Computer Science 5.0   7.3
Earth and Ocean Sciences 4.7   7.3
Marine Science and Conservation 5.5   n/a
Mathematics 5.5   6.3
Medical Physics ** 4.7   n/a
Physics 5.7   6.7
Statistical Science 4.0   n/a
       
ENGINEERING 5.0   6.5
Biomedical Engineering 5.7   n/a
Civil and Environmental Engineering 5.0   7.3
Electrical and Computer Engineering 5.0   6.7
Mechanical Engineering 4.3   6.5
       
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 5.7   6.5
Biochemistry 5.7   n/a
Biology 5.7   n/a
Cell Biology 6.0   n/a
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (includes BGT) 5.5   n/a
Ecology 5.3   n/a
Evolutionary Anthropology (Biological Anthropology and Anatomy) 5.3   n/a
Genetics and Genomics 6.0   n/a
Immunology 5.7   n/a
Molecular Cancer Biology 5.5   n/a
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology 5.7   n/a
Neurobiology 6.0   n/a
Pathology 5.3   n/a
Pharmacology 5.7   n/a
       
OTHER FIELDS      
Business Administration ** 5.3   8.7
Environment ** 5.0   n/a
Nursing ** 4.0   n/a

 

Five-year cohort data for students admitted in 2005-2010
Posted: October 20, 2016

** These programs are listed here as they are classified in the national SED statistics used for comparison. At Duke, history, business administration, and nursing are considered social sciences; environment is a physical science, and medical physics is a biolological/biomedical science.