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. For information on institutions that completed the 2012 survey but not the 2013 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 manner.
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 Form.