List of Universities Offering PhD Programs

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is one of the highest postsecondary degrees that a student can achieve. Learn about some of the best schools in the country that have Ph.D. programs. Get information on rankings, degree and program offerings and other unique attributes.

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List of Universities Offering Ph.D. Programs

Various nationally ranked schools across the country have excellent Ph.D. programs that are noted for their degree variety, quality of facilities, and research efforts. Let's take a look at these high-profile schools and their distinctive doctoral programs.


Hundreds of schools across the nation offer Ph.D. programs in different areas of study. Harvard University, Stanford University, and Arizona University are three of U.S. News and World Report's top-ranked schools with Ph.D. programs. Each school has highly respected Ph.D. degree programs in a variety of disciplines. Other criteria of selection includes the quality and quantity of facilities and research funding.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

Harvard's graduate school is known for offering some of the highest-ranked business, education and law programs in the nation. Forty-eight Nobel Laureates and forty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners have graduated from this university. Harvard offers various Ph.D. programs, including a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government and joint-degree program like the J.D./Ph.D. with options in economics, history, government, philosophy, and health.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

The total research budget at Stanford University is currently $1.22 billion per year. Stanford offers various Ph.D. programs in business, education, medicine, sociology, and biology. There are also dual-degree programs, such as Ph.D./M.S. in Medicine and an M.D./Ph.D. Other opportunities can be combined with the School of Medicine in areas of study like earth sciences, education, humanities, public policy, sciences, law, and business.

Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

Over 150 countries are represented in the student body at Arizona State University. This public research university offers 109 Ph.D. programs at the Tempe campus. Options include accountancy, aerospace engineering, and urban planning. Accelerated degrees are also available, for example in biology, chemical engineering, and computer science. Students have the option of enrolling in online or hybrid programs.

Top Universities Offering Ph.D. Programs

The following schools offer diverse Ph.D. programs with exceptional learning and research opportunities.

College/University Name Distinction Location
New York University Fosters global learning at campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi as well as through its academic centers in Asia, Africa, and North and South America New York, NY
Rutgers University Has over 15 libraries, including law, criminal justice, math, and physics facilities New Brunswick, NJ
Temple University Multiple research centers and institutes include the Institute on Aging, the Center for International Business Education and Research, and the Center for the Humanities Philadelphia, PA
University of California in Berkeley Has 170 academic programs and departments; the current faculty holds seven Nobel prizes Berkeley, CA
University of California in Los Angeles Receives one billion dollars in research funding per year and operates 290 medical research centers Los Angeles, CA
University of Florida Operates over 200 research centers and institutes Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate programs are available in over 100 disciplines Champaign, IL
University of Texas at Austin Awards more than 900 doctoral degrees and 3,000 master's degrees per year Austin, TX

Many of the nation's top schools offer Ph.D. programs. Harvard, Stanford, and Arizona State are among those with high research contributions and a medley of degrees.

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