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On average, ethnic minorities don't complete their doctoral degrees as quickly as white students, according to new research by the Council of Graduate Schools PhD Completion Project. However, the disparity is larger in the social sciences—which include psychology—than in the math and physical sciences.

Ten-year completion rate in percentages:

 

African- American

Asian-Amerian

Hispanic

White

Engineering

47

53

55

60

Life Sciences

60

47

54

60

Math and Physical Sciences

37

53

53

52

Social Sciences

47

44

55

57

Source: Council of Graduate Schools PhD Completion Project, September 2008 report.