Graduate Placement Record

Department of Philosophy graduate students at Western Michigan University have been accepted into leading Ph.D. programs, including those at: Brown University, Cambridge University, Pittsburgh HPS, University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of California at Berkeley, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, University of Texas at Austin, Syracuse University, Purdue University, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, Loyola University, University of Georgia, Miami University, Duke University and University of Rochester, among others.

After completing their doctoral degree programs, our graduate students have also obtained tenure-track jobs at philosophy departments with Ph.D. programs, such as York University and Florida State University.

Placements summary

We have been very successful at placing our graduates in excellent Ph.D. programs with full funding.
2008-13 Placements (Excludes some graduates due to confidentiality reasons.)

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%)