Graduate Placement Record

Department of Philosophy graduate students at Western Michigan University have been accepted into leading Ph.D. programs, including those at: Brown, Cambridge, Chicago, Colorado, Duke, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Loyola, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rochester, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas, University of California (Berkeley), University of California at Santa Barbara, Washington, Washington University in St. Louis, and Wisconsin, among others.

After completing their doctoral degree programs, our graduate students have also obtained tenure-track jobs at philosophy departments with graduate programs, including University at Albany, University of Utah, Virginia Polytechnic, and York University.

Placements summary

We have been very successful at placing our graduates in excellent Ph.D. programs with full funding.
2008-14 Placements (Excludes some graduates due to confidentiality reasons.)

2014 graduates

  • Applied to PH.D programs: 3
  • Entertained funded offers: 3

2013 graduates

  • Applied to PH.D programs: 8
  • Entertained funded offers: 7
  • Wait-listed: 1

2012 graduates

  • Applied to Ph.D. programs: 6
  • Entertained funded offers: All 6
  • Wait-listed: 2

2011 graduates

  • Applied to Ph.D. programs: 7
  • Entertained funded offers: All 7
  • Wait-listed: 1

2010 graduates

  • Applied to Ph.D. programs: 12
  • Entertained funded offers: 8
  • Wait-listed: 1
  • Not admitted: 3
  • Placement record: 75% (with funding: 75%)

2009 graduates

  • Applied to Ph.D. programs: 12
  • Entertained funded offers: 6
  • Admitted without funding: 1
  • Not admitted but some wait-listed: 5
  • Placement record: 58% (with funding: 50%)

2008 graduates

  • Applied to Ph.D. programs: 13
  • Entertained funded offers: All 13
  • Placement record: 100% (with funding: 100%)

2007 graduates

  • Applied to Ph.D. programs: 6
  • Entertained funded offers: All 6
  • Placement record: 100% (with funding: 100%)