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Doctoral Enrollment & Demographics

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Use this page to explore the enrollment numbers and demographics for the research doctoral degree programs currently offered at Stanford. While the most common doctoral degree across the university is the PhD, the JSD in Law and the DMA in Musical Arts are also included here. The MD and JD are considered professional degrees and are not included. All data presented in this dashboard are sourced from the official university student census taken annually in late October. More detailed definitions of the terms and counts used here can be found below the dashboard. Additional demographic information about other Stanford populations can be found in the IDEAL dashboard.

More information is available about doctoral program admissions, as well as doctoral degree conferrals, time-to-degree, and graduation rates. Note that local variation in policy and practice regarding admission, matriculation, and degree conferral may affect the departmental and school-level metrics below.

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Methodology & Definitions


The enrollment counts presented here are derived from the student enrollment snapshot that is captured in late October every year, at the beginning of the fourth week of the autumn quarter. Only students who are active and enrolled as of the census date are counted. Students on an approved leave of absence are not included. This dashboard specifically uses the "School Headcount", which counts graduate students in their highest degree plan(s) in each school within the university. Students who are enrolled in more than one PhD program (a small number annually) will be counted in each program, so the "All Doctoral Programs" total may not match university totals published elsewhere (which are usually unduplicated counts).


Race/Ethnicity Groupings

The "Underrepresented Minority" category includes all US citizens and permanent residents who have self-identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. This category will include individuals with multiple affiliations if at least one of their affiliations is one of these groups. If a student is not a US citizen or permanent resident, and is known to be a citizen of another country, they are reported in the "International" category regardless of their race/ethnicity. The "Unknown" category includes US citizens and permanent residents who have unknown race/ethnicity as well as any student with unknown citizenship.


Currently, only data on binary sex are available.

Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information about pursuing graduate study at Stanford.


The data are available for download in Google Drive.

  • Data Source(s): PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, Institutional Research & Decision Support

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