Our doctoral students seek solutions to 21st century problems. Candidates work alongside world-class faculty in facilities designed to inspire creativity, foster exploration, and fuel discovery.
Doctoral Programs for the 21st Century
Northeastern offers 33 doctoral programs—in emerging fields within the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and engineering. The university’s focus on interdisciplinary research and learning ensures its doctoral programs remain relevant and adapt to the emerging needs and opportunities of today’s global economy.
Six new interdisciplinary doctoral programs have been created since 2009, helping equip students with the skills needed to excel in some of today’s fastest-growing industries:
- Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
- Information Assurance
- Network Science
- Personal Health Informatics
- Population Health
Browse the full list of our doctoral programs.
Leaders Empowering Leaders
Our faculty members prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges by collaborating with them on some of today’s most groundbreaking advancements. Doctoral candidates work alongside professors like:
- Kim Lewis and Slava Epstein, whose research swept the globe after they discovered a new antibiotic that kills pathogens without encountering any detectable resistance.
- Amal Ahmed, an assistant professor of computer science in the Programming Research Laboratory, who recently won a National Science Foundation award, including a $500,000 grant to support research related to the diverse languages used to translate written code.
- Octavia Camps and Mario Sznaler, electrical and computer engineering professors in the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) lab—a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. The two have created video surveillance software that, in preliminary tests, has shown promise in improving airport security.
Over the past nine years, Northeastern has added more than 500 faculty members—many with joint appointments across multiple colleges, advancing the university’s mission of delivering an interdisciplinary education. An additional 200 tenure-track faculty hires will be made by 2017.
New Questions Need New Answers
Our doctoral candidates are highly accomplished scholars and researchers, striving to find answers to society’s most pressing problems. Many have earned prestigious awards, ranging from Fulbright scholarships to the Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship at Harvard University.
Among our available fellowship opportunities are:
- Distinguished Dean’s Fellowship — Northeastern’s Distinguished Dean’s Fellowship is offered upon admission to the most outstanding students who demonstrate exceptional academic promise.
- GEM Fellowship — Northeastern serves as a host institution for GEM, a network of top universities, companies, and government agencies collaborating to provide underrepresented minority students a graduate education in engineering and science.
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship — The National Science Foundation recognizes and supports students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees. Since 2010, 19 NSF Graduate Research Fellows have enrolled in one of Northeastern’s doctoral programs.
From 2013 to 2014, Northeastern experienced an 86 percent increase in doctoral students with NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. In the last two years, there has been a 48 percent overall increase in the number of doctorates awarded.
Northeastern doctoral candidates continue to push boundaries post graduation. Eighty-five percent of our doctoral students are placed upon graduation—21 percent pursue postdoctoral research, 20 percent accept tenure-track positions, and 35 percent go into jobs in industry and R&D.