Pandemic Leads Dozens of Universities to Pause Ph.D. Admissions

Melissa Korn:

The coronavirus pandemic threw doctoral programs, like nearly everything else, into disarray. Now some department chairs see an opportunity for reform.

In what is perhaps the largest recalibration ever in academic graduate programs, more than 140 doctoral programs across dozens of schools are saying they won’t admit new students for fall 2021. Ph.D. programs in seven of eight Ivy League schools are pressing pause, and so are others at the University of Chicago, University of Minnesota and University of Washington.

The triple-digit tally comes from a list that the Chronicle of Higher Education is maintaining, as well as reports from other schools not included there.