College of Liberal Arts

Facts & Figures

Spring 2017 snapshot: 82 Liberal Arts students graduated with a PhD in the spring of 2017. Their average time to degree was 6.4 years, and the median was 6 years.

Fall 2016 snapshot: This semester, the College of Liberal Arts has 1,265 students in its graduate programs, including terminal MA and dual-degree programs (but not including Option III, a total of 90 students). 698 students (55%) are female and 567 (44%) are male. 632 (50%) are white, 238 (19%) are from underrepresented minority groups, 46 (4%) are Asian, and 349 (28%) listed no ethnicity. 1,163 students are enrolled in our doctoral programs, 218 (19%) of them from the 2016-17 cohort. 

Here is what we looked like a year ago: In the fall of 2015, the College of Liberal Arts had 1,301 students in its graduate programs (not including Option III, a total of 78 students). 703 students (54%) were female and 598 (46%) were male. 684 (53%) were white, 230 (18%) were from underrepresented minorities, 51 (4%) were Asian, and 336 (26%) did not indicate ethnicity.

Fall 2016 Selectivity and Enrollment in Liberal Arts

Information about graduate student applications and enrollment, by department, fall 2016. 

Fall 2016 Liberal Arts Doctoral Students by Year in Program

In 2012, the College of Liberal Arts Strategic Planning (CLASP) meetings set a goal of 6.5 years average time to degree for PhD students. At the time, about 10% of our students were in their eighth (or beyond) year in their current program (see the 2012 CLASP Report Summary below), with close to half of them beyond their tenth year. Data from fall 2016 suggests significant reduction in the number of students beyond their 10th year in the program.

Spring 2015 Liberal Arts Graduate Student Demographics

Gender by Graduate Program

Ethnicity by Graduate Program

Citizenship by Graduate Program

College of Liberal Arts Cohorts 2002-2007: Job Placement of PhD Holders

This report features the job placement portion of a study looking at all graduate students who enrolled in College of Liberal Arts graduate programs between the fall of 2002 and the fall of 2007, inclusive.

Selectivity and Enrollment in Liberal Arts Graduate Programs

Applicants to College of Liberal Arts graduate programs submit applications through both the Office of Graduate Studies and through individual units (departments, programs and centers). This report examines application statistics for Fall 2011, Fall 2012, and Fall 2013.

2012 CLASP Report Summary

The 2012 College of Liberal Arts Strategic Planning (CLASP) meetings focused on graduate programs. Degree granting departments, programs, and centers submitted written reports and met with the deans in spring and summer 2012.

The full-length CLASP report includes a detailed summary of issues raised in the course of CLASP 2012, and information about the college and its graduate programs. Here we offer a summary of findings and recommendations about admissions and recruitment, student funding, and time to degree. 

Graduate Student Loan Debt

According to data collected by the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS), Ph.D.s who graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in May 2014 borrowed an average of $54,954 in education loans per student over the course of their time at UT Austin. M.A. recipients borrowed an average of $29,090.

2010 Graduate School Climate Survey

In spring 2010, 4,493 UT Austin graduate students responded to an online survey commissioned by the Graduate School to help campus leaders better understand the attitudes, opinions and experiences of students enrolled in both academic and professional fields.

The survey addressed the overall satisfaction and confidence of graduate students, and revealed data on such factors contributing to success in graduate school as mentoring and faculty-student relationships, funding, diversity, and student services.