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PhD Career Pathways Survey at Stony Brook University

CGS PhD Career Pathways logoStony Brook joins a national effort to understand the career pathways of our PhD recipients and ensure that our graduate training continues to prepare our students to become the innovators and explorers of tomorrow. Led by the Council of Graduate Schools, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation, the PhD Career Pathways study examines the career aspirations and outcomes of our PhD students and alumni with the goal of continual program improvement. Stony Brook is part of a consortium of SUNY's four University Centers all committed to this effort with support from SUNY's new Chancellor.

Have you been invited to take this year's survey?
Please share your contact information HERE and we will send you a survey link.


Data Collection

Surveys will be administered annually to current second and fifth year PhD students and to alumni PhD recipients who graduated 3, 8, and 15 years previously. These anonymized, aggregated data will inform curricular improvements in Stony Brook's graduate programs, as well as a national effort to understand trends in the PhD workforce. 

Survey Wave


Surveyed Cohorts

Alumni Survey #1

Fall 2017

PhD Alum 2001-02, 2008-09, & 2013-14

Student Survey #1

Spring 2018

Current students who started program in:
2013-14, 2016-17

Alumni Survey #2

Fall 2018

PhD Alum 2002-03, 2009-10, & 2014-15

Student Survey #2

Spring 2019

Current students who started program in:
2014-15, 2017-18

Alumni Survey #3

Fall 2019

PhD Alum 2003-04, 2010-11, & 2015-16

Student Survey #3

Spring 2020

Current students who started program in:
2015-16, 2018-19

See the questions from the Fall 2018 PhDCareerPathways Alumni Survey

Keep In Touch

The Graduate School would like to keep in touch with our PhD alumni so that we can invite them to participate in this new data collection initiative. PhD alumni may share their updated contact information, which will only be used internally for alumni tracking purposes, at the link below:

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For any questions on this project, please contact Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director for Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development, at

CGS Data Briefs

Closing Gaps in Our Knowledge of Humanities PhD Career Pathways: How Well Did a Humanities PhD Prepare Them? (October 2018)

See also:

SBU Happenings: Stony Brook Receives Funding to Help Gather Data about PhD Career Paths

SUNY Chancellor Johnson's invites SUNY PhD alumni to participate