Ph.D. program in history at the University of Minnesota will not take students this year

Here is Ryan Faircloth at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

The University of Minnesota will not accept new students into many of its liberal arts doctoral degree programs this fall, pausing admissions to save money during the pandemic and to focus on supporting current students.

English, history, political science, theater arts, and gender, women and sexuality studies are among 12 Ph.D. programs that have temporarily halted admissions. Fifteen additional liberal arts doctoral programs will only accept a limited number of new students this fall. No doctoral programs outside the U’s College of Liberal Arts have paused admissions, according to the university.

Students in those doctoral programs are typically guaranteed five years of funding to support their studies. By not admitting a new class of Ph.D. students, U administrators estimate they will save $2 million to $4 million, which will help brace the school for budget uncertainty and possibly fund another year of study for doctoral students whose work has been disrupted by the pandemic. But some fear the admissions freeze will lead to many of the programs being permanently downsized.

“It’s not a decision that we took lightly,” said Steven Manson, associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts. “I think there’s a really active and ongoing conversation across academia right now, but particularly in the humanities and social sciences, around right-sizing programs.”

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My daughter, who has applied for Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology, has encountered the same thing at other institutions.