Placement Record

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  

  Admitted Withdrew Completed Applied Accepted #Placed Results
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
2006 8 0 8 5
5 5 McGill, U. of Illinois (Carbondale), Connecticut, Brown, UC Riverside
2007 8
3
5
5 5 5 Pittsburgh HPS, Washington U. PNP, Maryland, SFU Psych
2008 4 +1Q 2 3 2 2 2 Wisconsin, Harvard
2009 10 +1Q 3 8 5
4 4 Wisconsin, CUNY, Rice, UConn
2010 9 4 5 3 3 3 Calgary, Sydney AU, Rochester
2011 9 +2Q 0 10
3
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
2015 6 0          
2016 11 0          

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).