Institutional Research and Academic Planning
PhD Career Pathways Survey
The PhD Career Pathways Survey is a partnership between the University of California and the Council of Graduate Schools. The purpose of the survey is to better understand how graduate education supports both current PhD students and alumni in their career preparations, or current career related tasks. While the Council of Graduate Schools is specifically focused on PhD studies in the humanities and STEM, the University of California is collecting data from doctoral students and alumni in all disciplines. Items in the alumni survey assess attitudes towards the PhD experience, employment status, and the usefulness of PhD training in current job related tasks. Items in the student survey assess attitudes towards pursuing either an academic or a non-academic career, and involvement in professional development activities.
PhD Career Pathways Alumni Survey - This survey, conducted during the fall 2017, 2018, and 2019 terms, is a collaboration between the University of California and the Council of Graduate Schools. The purpose of this study is to better understand how doctoral programs prepare students for the workforce.
PhD Career Pathways Current Student Survey - This survey, a collaboration between the University of California and the Council of Graduate Schools, was administered in the spring 2018, 2019, and 2020 terms. The purpose of this survey is to better understand how UC is preparing its doctoral students to enter the workforce.