Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: A National Survey of PhDs in Six Fields—Highlights Report

To assess the career path of social science PhDs and the quality of doctoral programs, the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) at the University of Washington, Seattle surveyed recent PhDs, asking them about the application of their education in their subsequent careers. This report concludes that students in social science PhD programs are well prepared for their careers in a number of ways, but they need additional training in essential professional competencies and better career preparation in order to fully utilize the knowledge and analytical skills they acquired during doctoral education.

Nerad, M.,  Rudd, E., Morrison, E., & Picciano, J.  (2007). Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: A National Survey of PhDs in Six Fields—Highlights Report. CIRGE Report 2007-01. CIRGE: Seattle, WA. 

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