Overall graduate student enrollment (FTE) decreased 8.6% from 2,848 in Fall 2019 to 2,623 in Fall 2020, and the acceptance rate in the master’s and doctoral engineering programs changed from 60% in Fall 2019 to 72% in Fall 2020, both due largely to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic including visa processing challenges for international students. However, domestic graduate student enrollment (FTE) increased in Fall 2020 to 30%, exceeding the target of 25% by 2022. A number of new initiatives were implemented as part of Stevens’ larger effort to increase and diversify graduate student enrollments. New Ph.D. student enrollment increased from 76 in AY18-19 to 126 in AY19-20, and Stevens is on-track to achieve its goal of granting 70 doctoral degrees each year by 2022. Similarly, part-time graduate student FTEs increased to 421 in Fall 2020, and Stevens is on track to reach its goal of 450 part-time FTEs by Fall 2022.

Students talking in the Babbio Center

Goal G1

We will develop a vibrant graduate studies enterprise, which critically enriches Stevens by contributing to our intellectual vitality and leading-edge research and scholarship, our financial profile, and our reputation for excellence. In so doing, we will offer a full slate of high-quality graduate programs, encompassing research, professional, and online opportunities. We will also encourage our undergraduates to pursue a Stevens graduate degree to prepare them for the rising demand in jobs requiring post-graduate degrees. We will ensure that graduate FTE enrollments grow by at least 3 percent annually with an overall FTE graduate enrollment of at least 3,025 by 2022. We will diversify the Stevens graduate student population by aggressively increasing the number of domestic students to no less than 25 percent FTE by 2022 and increasing the countries of origin of the graduate population with no more than 30 percent from a single country. We will align resources to achieve graduate enrollment goals and distribution of graduate students among graduate programs.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

Despite a challenging year starting with the cyberattack and ending with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, some progress was achieved in graduate student enrollment. Between Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, 1,999 new graduate students were recruited. During this time, the percentage of full-time master’s students increased from 62% in AY18-19 to 66% in AY19-20.

Fall 2020 Enrollment Results:

  • Overall graduate student enrollment (FTE) decreased 8.6% from 2,848 in Fall 2019 to 2,623 in Fall 2020
  • Domestic graduate student enrollment (FTE) increased in Fall 2020 to 30%, exceeding the target of 25% by 2022
  • The proportion of students from China decreased from 42% in Fall 2019 to 39% in Fall 2020, and the proportion of students from India also decreased from 28% to 24%

A number of new initiatives were implemented as part of Stevens’ larger effort to increase and diversify graduate student enrollments, including entering into an agreement with Noodle Partners to serve as an online program manager, helping to enhance the online M.S. in Computer Science program and develop the online M.S. in Data Science program. The first cohort of students is expected to start in January 2021. Existing corporate agreements were renegotiated and extended, and a new corporate agreement was established which includes three corporate cohorts that started in Summer 2020 and will continue during AY 20-21. A new 3+2 program for graduate students was established with a domestic university, and two new dual degree programs were signed with international partners.

Year 8 Graduate Student FTE Enrollment - Fall Enrollment Based

 

Year 8 Graduate Student FTE Enrollment - 12 Month Credit Hour Based

Year 8 Graduate Student FTE Enrollment - % Domestic (Fall Enrollment Based)

Year 8 Graduate Student FTE Enrollment - Country Distribution (Fall Enrollment Based)

 

Goal G2

We will grow a high-quality Ph.D. program to which we recruit students from the best institutions worldwide. To this end, we will implement competitive multi-year financial aid packages for Ph.D. students (particularly for research assistantships and fellowships) as well incentive programs for faculty, in order to ensure both retention and on-time graduation of Ph.D. students. By 2022, we will increase the ratio of full-time doctoral students to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty in STEM fields to 3:1 and 1:1 in the School of Business, and the number of doctoral degrees granted each year to 70 by 2022 on the way to a steady-state of at least 110 doctoral degrees granted per year.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

The ratio of full-time doctoral students to full-time tenure/tenure-track faculty in STEM fields is progressing, with the ratio improving slightly, from 2.6:1 in Fall 2019 to 2.7:1 in Fall 2020. Although the number of doctoral degrees granted increased by just one from AY 18-19 to AY 19-20, new Ph.D. student enrollment increased from 76 in AY18-19 to 126 in AY19-20, and Stevens is on-track to achieve its goal of granting 70 doctoral degrees each year by 2022.

Year 8 Number of Doctoral Degrees Awarded

Year 8 FT Doctoral Students to FT T/TT Faculty Ratio - Engineering

Year 8 FT Doctoral Students to FT T/TT Faculty Ratio - Business

Goal G3

We will systematically grow and deploy graduate studies programs with the aim of increasing Stevens’ standing in well-recognized rankings such as the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings and the attendant metrics.  We will aim for an average GRE Quantitative Score of 162 and a GMAT score of 610 for entering graduate students, and for an acceptance rate of 45 percent by 2022.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

From Fall 2019 to Fall 2020, the average GRE Quantitative score increased, changing from 160 to 161. During this same period, the overall average GMAT score for School of Business students decreased from 594 to 581. During this period, the acceptance rate was 72%.

Year 8 Average Quantitative GRE Score of Entering Graduate Engineering Students

Year 8 Average GMAT Score of Entering Graduate Business Students

Year 8 Acceptance Rate in the Master's and Doctoral Engineering Programs

Goal G4

We will establish a cohesive, integrated, strategic and distinctive approach to continuing, corporate, professional and online graduate programs with the goal of broadening recognition of the Stevens brand nationally and internationally; enrolling students that Stevens would not otherwise attract; and strengthening partnerships with strategic corporations and industries. From a baseline of 316 part-time student FTEs in Fall 2016, we will increase part-time student FTEs to 450 by Fall 2022.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

During Year 8, part-time graduate student FTEs increased from 388 in Fall 2019 to 421 in Fall 2020, and Stevens is on track to reach its goal of 450 part-time FTEs by Fall 2022. There were 284 new StevensOnline students recruited in AY19-20.

Year 8 Part-time Graduate Students FTE - Fall Enrollment Based

Goal G5

We will provide a best-in-class graduate student experience that supports our diverse graduate student population in all its dimensions. Based on benchmark data and student input, we will develop programs, spaces, policies, services and opportunities to ensure graduate students are recognized as and feel they are an important and valued constituency within the Stevens community. We will monitor and increase graduate placement rates, in particular, placement of Ph.D. students at academic institutions and research organizations of high reputation, as well as prestigious industry settings.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

Graduate Student Placement Rates

Stevens has been tracking graduate student career outcomes since 2018. The graduate student placement rates for AY 2019-2020 were exceptional, especially given the difficulties presented by the pandemic.

Out of total graduate students (both Master’s and Ph.D.) seeking employment:

  • 94% of students seeking jobs secured employment within three months of graduation
  • 31% of students seeking jobs had offers prior to graduation
  • Average compensation: $87,320
  • Average signing bonus for those receiving a signing bonus: $20,162

Ph.D. Student Career Outcomes

Spring 2020 graduating doctoral students are employed in prestigious roles in industry, academia, and government. Of the 19 out of 21 students for whom career outcomes are known:

  • 42% hold industry positions
  • 11% hold faculty positions
  • 26% hold post-doctoral positions
  • 5% hold government positions
  • 5% hold another type of position
  • 11% are still job-searching

Student Support Programming

During AY 19-20, the Office of Graduate Education developed and improved a number of student support initiatives including the following:

  • Launched a Graduate Student Tutoring Program
  • Launched 12Twenty, a Graduate Student Career Outcomes Tool
  • Improved Master’s and Doctoral Student Peer Mentoring Programs
    • 134 Master’s Student Peer Mentors and 163 Master’s Student Mentees
    • 22 Doctoral Student Peer Mentors
    • Implemented an app, Qooper, for pair matching, training, communication, and analytics
  • Improved a Dissertation Boot Camp
  • Improved Career Development Programming
  • Implemented a method of electronically routing academic forms