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Top Rated PhD Programs in the U.S.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are generally geared toward individuals who want to work in research or postsecondary education. Get rankings and program details for the top-rated schools with Ph.D. programs. View article »

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Ph.D. programs are available in a wide array of subject areas across the country. Top institutions are known for exceptional facilities, resources, funding, and research. Three of the top-rated schools offering Ph.D. programs in the U.S. include Princeton University in New Jersey, Harvard University in Massachusetts, and Columbia University in New York. These universities are known for excellence in research, and each school provides a large number of program options for students seeking a Ph.D.

Princeton University in Elizabeth, NJ

Princeton University is known as a top research school in the U.S. Aspiring Ph.D. students have the choice of myriad research opportunities with a multitude of interdisciplinary programs. This school offers over 40 Ph.D. degrees as well as a joint Ph.D. and medicine or law degrees.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

Harvard University has more than 100 research centers on its main campus and around the world. Harvard offers Ph.D. degrees and secondary designations in a number of areas, from anthropology to religion. Furthermore, Ph.D. students and faculty research and discuss special topics, ranging from the environment to human rights, in the university's Graduate Consortia.

Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers Ph.D. degree program in more than 60 fields of study, including chemical physics, Italian, epidemiology, sustainable development, and more. Doctoral students can pursue and dual degree, combing a Ph.D. with either a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). The dual Ph.D. degrees with a J.D. or M.D. require students to apply to the graduate school, as well as the School of Law or College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Top U.S. Ph.D. Programs

Let's discuss additional top Ph.D. programs across the country.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Cornell University Conducts interdisciplinary research through at least 100 research centers, institutes and laboratories housed at the university Ithaca, NY
Northwestern University Has interdisciplinary clusters that give students the option to study and conduct research with students and faculty outside of their program that have similar interests or who are trying to resolve a common problem Evanston, IL
Stanford University Has a faculty that includes 20 Nobel Laureates and four Pulitzer Prize Winners Stanford, CA
University of California in Berkeley Allows doctoral students to customize an interdisciplinary degree program Berkeley, CA
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Offers more than 100 Ph.D. programs Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania Is home to nearly 200 research centers and institutes Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas at Austin Has 13 libraries stocked with over 10 million volumes Austin, TX
University of Washington in Seattle Provides $11 million in graduate fellowships and other awards yearly, according to 2013 data Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin in Madison Offers over 100 doctoral programs Madison, WI

Aspiring doctorate students can study at top institutions across the country, including Harvard University. These schools vary greatly in the programs they offer, though they are considered among the best for the scope of resources and funding that students have access to.

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