Graduate Placement Record

Since 2008, the Western Michigan MA program has placed nearly all students seeking a higher degree (96%). Most of these students (84%) 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 pursuitsAfter 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.

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

Working in business

Student 11

Working in business

Student 12

Instructor, WMU Philosophy department

Student 13

Reapplying during the 2018-19 school year

In 2018, applicants were also accept to the following programs (philosophy unless otherwise noted): University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, Chicago, Duke, Northwestern, UC–Santa Barbara, Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, UC–Davis, UMass–Amherst, Virginia, UC–Berkeley (Law), Michigan State (Law).

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

In 2017, applicants were also accept to the following philosophy programs: Utah, University of Missouri.

2016 Graduates

Student 1

Stanford University

Student 2

University of Oklahoma

Student 3

University of South Carolina

Student 4

Working in business

In 2016, applicants were also accept to the following philosophy programs: UC–Berkeley, Arizona, Notre Dame.

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

Not Available

Student 9

Teaching at a community college

Student 10

M.A. in theology.

In 2015, applicants were also accept to the following philosophy programs: Notre Dame, UC–San Diego.

2014 Graduates

Student 1

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Student 2

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Student 3

Bowling Green University

In 2014, applicants were also accept to the following programs (philosophy unless otherwise noted): Notre Dame, Indiana University (HPS), Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, Miami.

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

Student 8

Not Available

In 2013, applicants were also accept to the following philosophy programs: University of Oklahoma, Baylor, Florida State, Syracuse.

2012 Graduates

Student 1

Rutgers University

Student 2

University of Rochester

Student 3

Ohio State University

Student 4

Pursued other areas of interest

Student 5

St. Louis University

Student 6

Not Available

In 2012, applicants were also accept to the following programs (philosophy unless otherwise noted): Notre Dame, University of Colorado–Boulder, Syracuse (philosophy), Syracuse (linguistics), Oxford (theology), Virginia, Florida State, Baylor, University of Oklahoma, Georgia (MSC in artificial intelligence).

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)

In 2011, applicants were also accept to the following philosophy programs: University of Texas–Austin, UC–Irvine, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Virginia, Rice, Florida State, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Iowa, Western Ontario, Bowling Green, Missouri.

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

Student 9

Teaching disabled students

Student 10

Not Available

In 2010, applicants were also accept to the following programs (philosophy unless otherwise noted): Florida State, Syracuse, Virginia, Washington State, NYU (law), Vermont (law), University of Illinois–Chicago, University of Indiana (HPS).

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

Student 8

Not Available

In 2009, applicants were also accept to the following programs (philosophy unless otherwise noted): Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, Ohio State, Maryland, Syracuse, St. Louis University, Vermont (Law), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Oregon (Law), University of San Diego (Law).

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

In 2008, applicants were also accept to the following philosophy programs: University of Colorado–Boulder, Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, UC–Santa Barbara, UMass–Amherst, University of Illinois–Chicago, Western Ontario, St. Louis University, Michigan State.