Graduate Placement Record

Since 2008, the Western Michigan MA program has placed nearly all students seeking a higher degree (~90%). Most of these students have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees in philosophy at top-ranked PhD programs and all of them have received full funding packages to support their studies. Other WMU graduates have pursued advanced degrees in a variety of areas including law, the humanities and social sciences, and theology. Students who have chosen not to pursue a further degree (roughly 10% of students since 2008) have found rewarding careers in education, business, or other pursuits. After completing their doctoral degree programs, our graduate students have also obtained tenure-track jobs at philosophy departments, including University at Albany, University of Utah, Virginia Polytechnic University, York University, and Australia Catholic University.

Placement summary

Annual data*

*Unless otherwise noted, placement is into a Ph.D. program in philosophy with full funding.

2021 Graduates
Student 1                           Notre Dame                                    
Student 2   University of Texas, Austin
Student 3 University of Virginia
Student 4 University of Edinburgh Law School

 

2020 Graduates
Student 1                                 University of Michigan Law School (with tuition assistance)
Student 2 University of Virginia
Student 3            University of Connecticut   

 

2019 Graduates

Student 1

University of Michigan

Student 2

University of Texas, Austin

Student 3

University of Arizona

Student 4

Indiana University (HPS)

Student 5

SUNY, Buffalo

Student 6

SUNY, Buffalo

Student 7

Declined PhD admission offer; teaching philosophy at local university

 

2018 Graduates

Student 1

Columbia University (Interdisciplinary Humanities Program)

Student 2

University of Colorado, Boulder

Student 3

University of Maryland, College Park

Student 4

University of Virginia

Student 5

University of Michigan Law School (with tuition assistance)

Student 6

Rice University

Student 7

University of Utah

Student 8

Western Michigan (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program)

Student 9

University of Vermont (Education Program)

Student 10

Instructor, WMU Philosophy department
2017 Graduates

Student 1

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Student 2

Northwestern University

Student 3

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Student 4

University of Miami

Student 5

University of Miami

Student 6

University of Washington, Seattle

Student 7

Baylor University

Student 8

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Student 9

University of Buffalo

 

2016 Graduates

Student 1

Stanford University

Student 2

University of Oklahoma

Student 3

University of South Carolina

 

2015 Graduates

Student 1

University of Michigan

Student 2

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Student 3

Rice University

Student 4

University of South Carolina

Student 5

SUNY Binghamton

Student 6

University of Georgia

Student 7

M.A. in linguistics

Student 8

M.A. in theology

 

2014 Graduates

Student 1

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Student 2

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Student 3

Bowling Green University

 

2013 Graduates

Student 1

Cornell University

Student 2

University of Iowa

Student 3

Rice University

Student 4

University of Rochester

Student 5

University of Rochester

Student 6

Georgetown University

Student 7

University of Rochester

 

2012 Graduates

Student 1

Rutgers University

Student 2

University of Rochester

Student 3

Ohio State University

Student 4

St. Louis University

 

2011 Graduates

Student 1

University of Missouri

Student 2

University of Iowa

Student 3

University of British Columbia

Student 4

University of Kansas

Student 5

University of Cincinnati

Student 6

Tulane University

Student 7

Johns Hopkins University (Cellular and Molecular Medicine)

 

2010 Graduates

Student 1

Brown University

Student 2

Cambridge University (HPS)

Student 3

University of California, Irvine

Student 4

University of California, Irvine

Student 5

Lewis & Clark (Law School)

Student 6

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Student 7

Ohio State University

Student 8

University of Georgia

2009 Graduates

Student 1

University of Virginia

Student 2

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Student 3

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Student 4

Bowling Green University

Student 5

University of Colorado – Boulder

Student 6

University of Iowa

Student 7

Not Available

 

2008 Graduates

Student 1

University of Pittsburg (HPS)

Student 2

Australian National University

Student 3

University of California, Berkeley

Student 4

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Student 5

University of Maryland, College Park

Student 6

Washington University in St. Louis

Student 7

Indiana University (HPS)

Student 8

Indiana University (HPS)

Student 9

Ohio State University

Student 10

State University of New York