A Few Statistics

About Our Students*

  • Approximately 3,200 students are enrolled in our graduate programs, including law students
  • 50% master's students; 38% doctoral students; 12% law students
  • 51% female; 49% male
  • 32% Oregon resident; 68% non-resident
  • 13% international
  • 10% from under-represented populations
  • Across all disciplines, the mean time to degree is 5.43 years for our doctoral students and 1.97 years for our master’s students (2014-2015 data).

About Graduate Student Support and Funding

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  • Each term, approximately 1,500 graduate students are awarded Graduate Employee positions (GEs), including both graduate teaching and research assistantships.
  • 83% of doctoral students and 31% of master's students, and 2% of law students are supported through Graduate Teaching Fellowships.
  • The total annual value of GE support (not including summer term) is over $45 million. GE support includes monthly salary, tuition waiver, fee subsidy and health insurance premium coverage.
  • Donor and state-funded fellowships and awards administered directly by the Graduate School, including those provided through our Promising Scholar Awards and Graduate School Research Awards programs, amounted to approximately $900,000 in stipends and another $260,000 in tuition in the 2013-14 academic year.

About Our Graduate Alumni

  • Of doctoral students who have secured placement at the time of graduation, 33% are teaching or conducting research at four-year institutions and another 30% have a postdoctoral fellowship or research associateship.
  • Well over half of our doctoral students report having had papers accepted for publication in refereed journals during their graduate careers.
  • Of master's students who have secured placement at the time of graduation, 7 out of 10 typically secure employment in Oregon.

About Our Schools and Colleges

  • Our College of Education ranks sixth in the nation amongst public schools, according to the US News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" (2017);
  • The faculty in our College of Arts and Sciences ranks 15th in the nation among public research universities, according to the Graham-Diamond Report;
  • U.S. News & World Report has rated the graduate programs in the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business among the top 10 of all schools on the west coast and its Oregon M.B.A. Program in the top 6% of all M.B.A. programs nationally;
  • DesignIntelligence, a publication that ranks the top US architecture and design schools, has recognized the UO's College of Design (formerly School of Architecture and Allied Arts) for its commitment to teaching sustainable design. Landscape architecture ranked first and our architecture and interior design programs placed second. In the area of overall excellence, the three programs also ranked well regionally and nationally. For example, the graduate interior design program ranking first in the region and 15th in the nation. Nationally, the landscape architecture graduate program ranked 13th. Also, the UO is the only university in the state to offer accredited professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture;
  • The School of Journalism and Communication is home to a rare journalism-based master's program in literary nonfiction. Etude, an online journal of literary nonfiction features the work of the program’s graduate students and alumni; and
  • Our School of Music and Dance is the only full-range professional school of music and dance in the Oregon University System.

About Research Opportunities for UO Graduate Studentsphoto: student in lab coat

The UO is home to over 30 research institutes and centers, which bring together an array of fields, from those in the humanities and social sciences to those in the physical sciences and technical fields. Graduate students in these and all disciplines receive many opportunities to engage peers and faculty alike in an environment characterized by mutual respect and professionalism, integrity and support.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is the administrative entity for sponsored programs that support hundreds of active UO research, instruction and community service projects.
The Graduate School annually sponsors a Graduate Student Research Forum, which provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work to an interdisciplinary audience of graduate students, faculty, undergraduates and community members.
*Unless otherwise noted, data is from Fall 2015 and includes degree-seeking students, including students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs as well as JD and LLM programs in the School of Law.
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