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Doctoral Exit Survey Results

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A summary of Doctoral Exit Survey responses from the past seven academic years. Data can be filtered by year, division, school/college, academic plan, and selected student demographics.

Report URL
Data Cookbook URL (requires authorization)
Data Domain(s)
Student Record
Access Restrictions
UW-Madison Employees (NetID Required)
Data Source Information
InfoAccess, Other
Data View Information
Update Schedule
Data are updated annually in July for the prior academic year.
Responsible Office
Graduate School Office of Academic Analysis, Planning, & Assessment
Important Notes

The Doctoral Exit Survey (DES) is administered to all graduating students in research doctoral programs as a required component of degree processing and conferral. More detailed information and a link to the current survey questionnaire can be found at

Many core DES survey questions are taken from the national Doctoral Exit Survey developed by the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE).  The AAUDE DES is administered each year by AAUDE member institutions, and the UW-Madison DES is part of that effort. 

As an AAUDE consortium member, UW-Madison reports deidentified DES data to AAUDE annually to support their national reporting, UW-Madison may also access DES data from other AAUDE consortium members via special request.  More information on the specific survey questions reported to AAUDE can be found at

Responses to questions about postgraduate employment may differ from school/college reporting where career services offices individually follow up with their students after completion of the Doctoral Exit Survey.

For privacy reasons, data in this visualization are redacted when there are fewer than five responses. In such cases it is often possible to increase the number of reported responses by adjusting the provided filters. 

Once applied, a filter will adjust all dashboards in the workbook until the filter is cleared.

The academic year filter in the visualization refers to the year in which the student's degree was conferred.


Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Academic Plan

An area of study--such as a major, minor, or certificate--that is within an academic career.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Academic Year (Su,Fa,Sp)

An academic year consists of sequential summer, fall, and spring terms. For example, the 2021-22 academic years includes summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022.

Academic Planning
Disability Self-Identification (Student)

The individual voluntarily reports having a disability or prior disability based on the following definition of disability developed by the United States Department of Labor:

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such impairment or medical condition. Examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to, autism, blindness, bipolar disorder, cancer, cerebral palsy, deafness, diabetes, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair, intellectual disability, major depression, missing limbs or partially missing limbs, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis (MS), obsessive compulsive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Student Record
Disciplinary Division

The four divisions established on the basis of related subjects of teaching and research and are independent of colleges, schools, and departments, and include: Biological Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Academic Planning, Employee Record
International Students

Non-immigrant visitors who come to the United States temporarily to take classes.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Legal Sex

A person's biological or reassigned sex as printed on legal documents.

Categories include Female (F), Male (M), Other Legal Sex (O), undisclosed (U).

Definition provided by the Data Guidelines for Legal Sex and Gender, endorsed by the Data Governance Council Feb 20, 2024 and published at

Core Person
School/College of Academic Plan

Indicates the school/college that has ownership of the academic plan.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Underrepresented Student of Color

A domestic (non-international) student who identifies, alone or in combination with other racial/ethnic categories, as African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino(a), Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or one or more of the following Asian subcategories (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese).

Student Record