The Philosophy Department at SFU has a long and successful history of preparing students for top PhD programs. Our students have been accepted at Arizona, Cambridge, Columbia, Cornell, CUNY, Duke, Edinburgh, Harvard, Indiana, Maryland, McGill, MIT, Oxford, Pittsburgh HPS, Princeton, St. Andrews, Stanford, UCLA, UCSD, UNC, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, Washington University PNP, Wisconsin, and many other fine departments. Equally importantly, most have completed their PhDs and gone on to good careers.
We have only recently begun compiling statistics for the placement of our MA students. Starting with the entering class of 2004, the table below answers the following questions:
- Of the students who start the program, how many finish it?
- Of those who finish, how many apply for PhD programs?
- Of the ones that apply, how many get accepted?
- Of the ones accepted, where did they decide to go?
Interpreting the Placement Tables
The tables below show three different aspects of our placement record. You can find more information about how to interpret these tables in our "Interpreting Placement" guide (pdf)
Table A: Student History by Year of Entry
|2004||12 +1Q||2, 1Q||9||6||6||6||CUNY, Western, UBC (psych), Birkbeck College, Utah|
|2005||5||0||5||4||3||3||Cornell, Florida, St. Andrews|
||5||5||McGill, U. of Illinois (Carbondale), Connecticut, Brown, UC Riverside
||5||5||5||Pittsburgh HPS, Washington U. PNP, Maryland, SFU Psych|
|2008||4 +1Q||2||3||2||2||2||Wisconsin, Harvard|
||4||4||Wisconsin, CUNY, Rice, UConn
|2010||9||4||5||3||3||3||Calgary, Sydney AU, Rochester|
||3||3||Indiana, Pitt HPS, Texas at Austin|
|2012||7 + 1Q||2||6||4||4||4||ANU, McGill, Brown, UCSD|
|2013||7||1||1||2||2||3||Irvine LPS; McGill, Toronto|
|2014||9||1||4||3||3||3||Irvine LPS, UBC, Toronto|
As a Canadian University, SFU offers a special undergraduate degree, the Honour’s Degree, a steppingstone to PhD programs directly, without an MA. You can view our Honour’s Placement Record (pdf).