Please note: We will begin accepting updates and additional programs for the 2015 Grad Guide in the month of September. There will be no further updates to the 2014 Grad Guide.
This update includes new entries from the University of South Carolina Chapel Hill, the University of California Irvine, the University of Iowa, West Chester University, and the University of Western Ontario. It also includes an updated listing for Texas Tech University, New York University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a number of other corrections and changes. Please use the Grad Guide Feedback Form to submit additional corrections, questions, or comments.
We have entered many changes and added three schools to the Grad Guide: The University of Kentucky, the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and the University of Oregon. There will be additional updates in January and beyond, as needed. Please use the Grad Guide Feedback Form to submit additional corrections, questions, or comments.
This morning, a problem was discovered with the student counts in the Grad Guide. The formula that calculates these fields has been corrected, and a new PDF has been uploaded.
About the Grad Guide
The Guide to Graduate Programs in
Philosophy, published biennially until the early 2000s, was relaunched in 2012
as an annual online resource. The guide compiles data on both doctoral and
master’s degree programs in philosophy at institutions throughout the US and
Canada, offering prospective students, job candidates, and other members of the
profession a rich resource on post-graduate education and employment in philosophy.
This year’s guide has been expanded to include more demographic data on each
program as well as information on faculty, degree requirements, entry requirements,
financial aid, placements, and more.
All data in the guide are self-reported by representatives of the institutions, and
data are included only for institutions that completed the Grad Guide survey in 2013 or 2014. Pages with 2014 information are marked "2014 report," and pages with 2013 information are marked "2013 report." For
information on institutions that completed the 2012 survey but not the 2013 or 2014 survey,
please see the 2012 edition of
the Grad Guide.
Using the Grad Guide
The Grad Guide is a useful starting point for prospective graduate students and job
candidates, but the APA recommends additional consultation with advisers and people
directly involved with programs of interest. Further, as all information in the guide
is self-reported by representatives of the institutions, readers should examine the
data closely to ensure that any comparisons are made in a fair and reasonable
Please note that the APA does not rank philosophy programs or institutions. Read the APA statement on rankings of departments.
In the survey that underlies the 2013 edition, we requested information on race and
LGBT status of students and faculty. We thank the APA Committee on the Status of Women
for providing the demographic data survey instrument that was incorporated into the
Grad Guide survey.
There is no widely accepted standard for collecting such data, however, and the
availability and thoroughness of data varies greatly. Some schools do not (or cannot)
track this information. For these reasons, we provide the data we received with the
understanding that this data should not be used for quantitative evaluation of the
diversity of programs or institutions.
Though the demographic information is inconsistent, it is included in the Grad Guide
because collecting and providing these data supports ongoing efforts to increase the
diversity of the profession by making existing information more widely available and
raising awareness about the need for additional data on diversity.
Corrections and Feedback
If your institution is not included in the guide and would like to be, if you would
like to report errors or inconsistencies in the data, or if you have suggestions for
future editions of the Guide to Graduate Programs in
Philosophy, please submit a Grad Guide Feedback
If you have trouble downloading the Grad Guide by clicking on the download link above, you may need to save the file before you open it. To do this, right-click the link and select the option to save the file ("Save link as..., Save target as..., etc.).