University of Wisconsin–Madison

UW–Madison conferred the most PhDs in 2017

Chancellor Blank stands on the winter Commencement stage.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison granted more doctorates than any other U.S. institution in 2017.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison granted more doctorates than any other U.S. institution in 2017, rising from 2nd place the year before.

The 844 awarded doctorates place the UW at the top of PhD-granting institutions, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Overall, U.S. institutions granted 54,664 doctorates, a decrease of about half a percent from 2016.

The university also granted the second-most doctorates in the life sciences, which encompasses agricultural sciences and natural resources, biological and biomedical sciences, and health sciences.

“Graduate school uniquely prepares students to contribute their talents to our society, and to be the engines of innovation, which drives our economy,” says Graduate School Dean William J. Karpus. “The quality of a UW–Madison graduate education stems from a strong research enterprise, dedicated faculty, and the network of ideas and resources that exist here.”

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