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Ph.D. Programs in Florida with School Information

Florida is home to about 90 schools that offer Ph.D. programs. See rankings of the largest and most affordable schools in Florida to determine which schools might be right for you.

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Largest Student Population

Several of Florida's largest state schools offer Ph.D. programs. The majority of doctorate-granting schools in the area are public. The following three universities have the largest student populations, with each school enrolling at least 45,000 students in 2012, according to figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

1 - University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida, a public 4-year school in Orlando, FL, had a total student population of 59,601. At that time, the school enrolled 51,010 undergraduates and 8,591 graduate students. The NCES reported that 45% of students pursuing a graduate degree in 2012 attended the university full-time. Additionally, 55% of undergraduates were female, and the largest racial/ethnic groups were White (59%), Hispanic/Latino (20%), Black/African-American (10%) and Asian (5%). According to the College Board, the average student age was 23, and 17% of all undergraduates lived in campus housing. The university was ranked #14 nationally among up-and-coming schools by U.S. News & World Report on its 2014 list.

2 - University of Florida

The University of Florida, a 4-year public institution in Gainesville, FL, enrolled 49,913 students, including 32,776 undergraduates and 17,137 graduate students. According to the NCES, 74% of graduate students studied full-time. Roughly 55% of undergraduates were female, and most students were White (58%), Hispanic/Latino (18%), Black/African-American (8%), Asian (8%) or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander (1%). On the 2014 list, the university was ranked #14 among top public schools nationally by U.S. News & World Report; a number of its graduate programs were ranked in the top 25, including biological/agricultural engineering (#3), tax law (#3), special education (#6), analytical chemistry (#8), criminology (#12), veterinary medicine (#12), physical therapy (#12) and pharmacy (#14). The school also received recognition for its online graduate programs in business (#4) and education (#18).

3 - Florida International University

Florida International University is a public 4-year school in Miami, FL. The school's total population was 46,171, with 37,475 undergraduates and 8,696 graduate students. The NCES reported that in 2012, 68% of graduate students were full-time and 55% of undergraduates at the university were female. The largest racial/ethnic groups for undergraduates were Hispanic/Latino (66%), Black/African-American (12%), White (11%) and Asian (3%). According to the College Board, 7% of all undergraduates live on-campus, and the average student age is 23.

Lowest Tuition

Although graduate tuition can often vary by program, schools in Florida offer graduate programs with tuition starting at less than $5,500 a year. These three schools have the lowest tuition costs for full-time, in-state graduate students, as shown by 2012-2013 NCES data.

1 - Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, a 4-year school in Boca Raton, FL, had about 25,105 undergraduates and 4,889 graduate students in 2012. In-state graduate attendees paid $5,467 in tuition and $1,190 in fees, while the same costs were a total of $17,885 for non-residents. On-campus room and board for undergraduates cost roughly $11,353 that year. According to 2011-2012 NCES figures, 85% of freshman students had grants and/or scholarships, with an average award of $5,460, while 46% obtained student loans in the average of $5,699. The College Board reported that 13% of undergraduates had their full financial need met.

2 - Florida Gulf Coast University

The public 4-year Florida Gulf Coast University, based in Fort Myers, FL, served 12,230 undergraduates and 1,215 graduate students in 2012. Tuition was about $6,458 for in-state and $28,170 for out-of-state graduate students; fees were roughly $1,952. Undergraduate attendees paid $8,342 for on-campus housing. The NCES reported that 79% of incoming freshmen in 2011-2012 received grants and/or scholarships in the average amount of $4,184, and 45% had an average of $6,945 in student loans. Data from the College Board shows that 9% of undergraduates had their full financial need met, and students' average debt at graduation was $27,308. The university was ranked #37 among the 2014 top public schools in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

3 - The University of West Florida

The University of West Florida, a public 4-year institution in Pensacola, FL, was home to 10,345 undergraduates and 2,307 graduate students in 2012. Graduate tuition was $6,588 for in-state students and $21,665 for out-of-state attendees in 2012-2013; related fees were about $1,720. On-campus room and board costs for undergraduates were roughly $8,418. In 2011-2012, 85% of first-year undergraduates had an average grant and/or scholarship award of $5,648, and 48% received student loans in the average of $5,383.

Highest Graduation Rates

Schools in the Florida area report relatively high graduation rates. The overall graduation rates reported by the NCES represent full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in 2006 and graduated in 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete their degree program (e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree). The three schools listed below have the highest graduation rates among comparable institutions, all above 75%.

1 - University of Florida

The University has the area's highest graduation rate at 85%. According to the NCES, 64% of students pursuing bachelor's degrees graduated in four years, while 4% of attendees transferred to other institutions. The school reported similar overall graduation rates for White (87%), Asian (86%), Hispanic/Latino (85%), Black/African-American (75%) and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander (50%) students. The NCES reported that 96% of full-time and 75% of part-time undergraduates returned after their first year from 2011-2012.

2 - University of Miami

The private 4-year University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, FL, has an overall graduation rate of 81%, with comparable rates for Asian (87%), White (82%), Hispanic/Latino (81%) and Black/African-American (75%) attendees. Roughly 69% of bachelor's degree candidates completed their programs in four years, the NCES noted. Additionally, the school had a first-year retention rate of 91% for full-time and 85% for part-time students between 2011 and 2012. The University of Miami was ranked #47 among national universities on the 2014 list by U.S. News & World Report.

3 - Florida State University

Florida State University, a public 4-year institution in Tallahassee, FL, has a 75% overall graduation rate; 53% of students pursuing bachelor's degrees graduated in four years, and 8% of attendees transferred to other schools. The school had similar six-year completion rates for Asian (76%), Hispanic/Latino (76%), White (75%), Black/African-American (72%) and American Indian/Alaska Native (64%) students. Roughly 91% of full-time and three-quarters of part-time freshmen came back to the university for their second year in 2011-2012. Florida State University was ranked #40 among 2014 top public schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report; several of its graduate programs ranked in the top 25, including criminology (#7), library and information studies (#13), public affairs (#16) and speech-language pathology (#21). In 2012, the school served 32,171 undergraduates and 8,524 graduate students.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Students who want personalized attention in their studies may opt for a school that enrolls the fewest students for each instructor. The following three schools have the lowest student-faculty ratios among graduate schools in Florida, starting at 11:1.

1 - University of Miami

The University of Miami has the area's lowest student-faculty ratio at 11:1. In 2012, 1,581 full-time and 399 part-time instructors were employed at the school along with 588 teaching assistants. That year, the university enrolled 16,172 students, including 5,582 graduate students. Figures from U.S. News & World Report showed that 53.5% of classes had fewer than 20 students in 2012.

2 - Stetson University

Stetson University is a private 4-year school in DeLand, FL with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. The NCES reported that 246 full-time and 127 part-time instructional faculty members taught at the school in 2012. That year, the university served 3,961 students, including 1,445 graduate students. Nearly 55.5% of classes enrolled 19 or fewer students in 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its 2014 list, named Stetson University #5 among regional universities and #5 among best value schools in the South; it also gave high rankings to the school's graduate programs in trial advocacy (#1) and legal writing (#5).

2 - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's campus in Daytona Beach, FL has a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, which tied it with Stetson University. In 2012, this private 4-year college had 266 full-time and 49 part-time teachers. They worked with a total of 5,120 students, including 586 graduate students. According to U.S. News & World Report, just under 31% of classes had fewer than 20 students. Additionally, this university was ranked #11 among regional universities in the South on the 2014 list and #1 in the country for its aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering program.

Florida Ph.D. Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Program Levels Offered State Ranking
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL 4-year, private not-for-profit Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees 2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio (tie)
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; less-than-1-year, 1-to-2-year, 2-to-4-year and post-master's certificates Lowest Tuition
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates 2nd Lowest Tuition
Florida International University Miami, FL 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates 3rd Largest Student Population
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-master's certificates 3rd Highest Graduation Rate
Stetson University DeLand, FL 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-master's certificates 2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio (tie)
The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-master's certificates 3rd Lowest Tuition
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-master's certificates Largest Student Population
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; 1-to-2-year, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Largest Student Population
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; less-than-1-year, 1-to-2-year, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate
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