How long is a doctoral dissertation? Too long—but some more than others.
Marcus W. Beck, a doctoral student in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota, decided to find out. No, he didn’t write a dissertation on the subject.* But he did a lot of number crunching using dissertations at his college library.
On average, the longest dissertations are in history at roughly 300 pages. The shortest are in biostatistics at about 100 pages. You can see a larger version of the chart here.
-via Marginal Revolution
*Though this would be an interesting topic for anyone pursuing a doctorate in library science.**
**Getting a doctorate in library science right now would probably be a bad idea.