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Doctoral Student Surveys

Congratulations! You have submitted your dissertation or thesis and are preparing to graduate from the University of Maryland.

If you are earning your doctorate, the Graduate School requires that you complete two surveys:

1. The UMD Doctoral Experience Survey:

2. The NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates:

About the Surveys

Both surveys are completely confidential. The UM Doctoral Experience Survey is conducted by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment. Your responses will help improve and enhance the doctoral student experience at UM.

Survey of Earned Doctorate information is used by a number of government agencies to assess the state of doctoral education in the U.S., and also to inform their decisions concerning funding of U.S. graduate institutions. For more information on the survey and privacy policy, please see the brochure and privacy notice.

Both surveys are required of all graduating doctoral students and each will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.


If you have any questions regarding the content or administration of the surveys, please contact the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at (301) 405-5590 or

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