Explanatory Notes for Program Data

Data represent all degree programs and students.  Data are presented on program-by-program pages and on pages that aggregate data in several ways: all students, all PhD students, by PhD program division, and all Master's students.

Admissions and enrollment data represent the five-year period fall 2015 – fall 2019. Degree data represent the two most recent complete academic years, and the five-year period 2014-15 - 2018-19. Exceptions are noted on individual program pages. An academic year consists of fall, spring and summer semesters. For example, 2015-16 consists of fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016.

All data are from OPUS, Emory’s official student information system. OPUS is the source of LGS student data as well as student data reported by Emory to external agencies.

MD/PhD students engage in a course of study that differs from that of regular PhD students, moving between the School of Medicine and the Laney Graduate School. Because of this, MD/PhD students are:

  • excluded from admissions entries,
  • included in enrollment entries (when they are enrolled in the LGS, as opposed to in the SOM),
  • included in the number of degrees awarded (PhD component only), and
  • excluded from the time to degree and completion percentage entries.

This affects primarily the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, since the majority of MD/PhD students receive their PhD in a GDBBS program. However, there are MD/PhD students in other programs as well, and they are always treated the same in the data.

Admissions entries reflect the total counts of applications received, admission offers extended, and new students who matriculated.

Enrollment entries are based on the total number of students enrolled on the date of record of fall semester in each academic year. Demographic data are based on students’ self-reported information in our student information system. Categories for race and ethnicity are IPEDS categories.

Number of degrees awarded reflects the degrees awarded during the fall, spring and summer of an academic year.

Median years to degree represents the median calendar time elapsed between first enrollment and degree completion. The start date is always September 1 of the first enrollment year, and the end date is the degree conferral date of the semester of completion (also the final day of that semester). The median years to degree is not adjusted for leaves of absences. This is the measure typically used by graduate schools to report time to degree.

Average adjusted years to degree represents the average calendar time elapsed between first enrollment and degree completion, calculated using the same dates as the median years to degree, and adjusted for leaves of absences: when a student was on an approved leave of absence, that time was subtracted from his or time to degree. This measure of time to degree is required by some federal funding agencies.

Percent of students who completed is based on all students who enrolled during the five year period 2007-08 and 2011-12 for PhD programs and the two year period 2013-2014 and 2017-18 for Master's programs. In PhD program data, only those who received the PhD degree count as "completed."