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Graduate Completion & Degrees

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This data visualization reports summary information on UW-Madison graduate program degrees, time-to-degree, completion rate, retention rate, and completion over time for the past four three year cohorts of Master's and Doctoral students. It includes breakdown by sex, citizenship status, and minority status, as well as filtering by degree level, division, school/college, plan, named option, and academic year/cohort. 

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Data are updated annually in July for the prior academic year.
Responsible Office
Graduate School Office of Academic Analysis, Planning, & Assessment
Important Notes

Information is limited to degree programs administered by the Graduate School. Excluded are a number of post-baccalaureate professional degrees solely supported by their home school, including certain medical and law degrees. More information on Graduate School programs can be found at

Presented data are as of the end of the term, and may therefore differ from other official publications using tenth day frozen enrollment records.

All displayed counts are distinct headcounts within specified filter conditions.

Graduate students who withdrew from the university are not reported as enrollments for the term of withdrawal. Graduate students are considered still enrolled in a program or plan if they were enrolled in that program or plan in any term during the last academic year and have not yet received their degree.

Time to degree figures are based on students receiving degrees between academic year 2009-2010 and academic year 2018-2019. Doctoral time to degree includes time spent on a Master's degree if that degree was in the same program.

Degree completion rates are measured at the end of spring, 2020, and are based on entrance cohorts between academic year 2004-2005 and academic year 2015-2016 for Doctoral degrees and between academic year 2007-2008 and academic year 2018-2019 for Master's degrees. Currently degree completion rates are only available at the Academic Plan level.


Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Academic Award Completion Term

The academic term in which an academic award was granted.

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Academic Award Plan Academic plan corresponding to an academic award. Academic Planning, Student Record
Academic Level

Indicates whether a student is an undergraduate, graduate or professional, or special student. For undergraduates, students are freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior based on accumulated credits, not the duration of time at the University.

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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
Career (Academic Structure)

A broad grouping of students related to their degree objectives and admitting office. Used for tuition charges, awarding financial aid, grading scales and other operational functions.

Academic Planning, Student Record

A specific group of students established for tracking purposes based on an event shared by the group of students. Examples include entrance cohorts and graduation cohorts.

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Degree Level

The type of award granted to a student who graduates in a given plan code.

Valid Values:


Research Doctorate
Clinical Doctorate

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Deprecated: Minority Students

Deprecated term. Replaced by  Student of Color.

Domestic (not international) students who have identified a race/ethnicity other than solely White.

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Deprecated: Targeted Minority Students

Deprecated term. Replaced by Underrepresented Student of Color (UW System Defined)

Domestic (not international) students who have identified a race/ethnicity of Black, Hispanic, American Indian and/or Southeast Asian (of Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, or Hmong heritage).

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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.

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Graduation Rate

The percentage of students in a cohort who have graduated as of a specified measurement period.

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International Students

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

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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

A binary "Male" or "Female" gender, based on what the individual has reported to the University.

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Named Option

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program.

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Plan Type (Academic Structure)

A code indicating the type of academic plan, related to to the degree or credential awarded to students who complete it.
CAP = Capstone
CRT = Certificate
MAJ = Major
MIN = Minor (Graduate School or Education)
TCH = Educator Certification
NON = Non-degree
HON = Honors
SP = Specialization
PRP = Pre College Program

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Program (Academic Structure)

A group of academic plans that share characteristics within an academic group. Academic program code controls administrative functions such as min credits, max credits, tuition rates, academic standing, grading schemes, full-time/part-time standing, financial aid primacy number.

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Race/Ethnicity (Federal)

The methodology specified by the federal government for classifying individuals' self-reported race/ethnicity into a single race/ethnicity category. An individual who self-reports as Hispanic ethnicity is classified as Hispanic even if other racial identities are provided. Individuals who do not self-report as Hispanic are classified in their single race category if only one race was provided, or in a "2 or more races" category if more than one race is provided. Student race/ethnicity only applies to domestic (non-international) students.

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Retention Rate

The percentage of students in a cohort who are enrolled in one measurement period and also enrolled in a subsequent measurement period.

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School/College of Academic Plan

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

Academic Planning, Student Record

Any person who is registered for study at UW-Madison for a specified academic period.

Student Record
Subplan Type (Academic Structure)

A code indicating the type of subplan, related to the degree or credential awarded to students who complete it. OPT = named option, HON = Honors, TRK = Track.

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A period of instruction: Fall, Spring, or Summer.

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Time to Degree

Elapsed Calendar Time to Degree in years from academic career matriculation term start date to degree completion term conferral date. This is displayed to three decimal places.

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