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)

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).

Table:  Recent PhD program placement

Year of Application
Student Final Placement
  Caroline Von Klemperer  Rutgers 
Cody Britson University of Maryland
Dylan Flint  Ohio State 
Dzintra Ullis University of Pittsburgh 
Kelsey Vicars University of British Columbia
Shimin Zhao Madison, Wisconsin
Zili Dong Western
Students also received offers from:  


Year of Application
Student Final Placement
  Haley Brennan              Princeton                            
Matthew Maxwell Rochester
Zoe Ashton Ohio State
Students also received offers from:  


Year of Application
Student Final Placement
  Arianna Falbo                Brown                                
Imran Thobani Stanford
Students also received offers from:  


Year of Application
Student Final Placement
  Travis LaCroix               UC Irvine LPS
Graham Moore University of British Columbia
Michaela Manson University of Toronto
William Bredeson University of Toronto
Students also received offers from:  


Year of Application
Student Final Placement
  Kino Zhao                      UC Irvine LPS
Devon Cass Australian National University
Emily Hodges Brown
Rosalind Chaplin UCSD
Nicholas Dunn McGill
Students also received offers from:  no. offers here...

Table:  PhD placement records prior to 2015

PhD Program
Areas of Study
Amanda Bryant
Berman Chan PhD Purdue Philosophy of Religion; Epistemology
Carissa Helen Phillips Garrett
PhD Rice University
Daisy LaForce
PhD UC Riverside
Bioethics and Philosophy of Science
David Gaber PhD McGill University (Canada) Philosophy of Science and Mathematics
Devon Cass PhD ANU (Australia)
Social and Political
Emily Hodges
PhD Brown Ethics
Graham Moore PhD University of British Columbia Epistemology; Phil Math.
Jane Chen PhD Texas at Austin
Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience
Jason Leardi PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience
Joe Thompson PhD Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Jordan Thompson PhD Cornell Ethics; Political
Katie Creel
PhD, HPS program, Pittsburgh Philosophy of Science; History
Kino Zhao
PhD LPS Department, UC Irvine
Logic and Philosophy of Science
Komal Gilani PhD University of Texas at Austin
Lauren Kopajtic PhD, Harvard University Early Modern and Ethics
Michaela Manson PhD U of Toronto History
Nazim Keven PhD Philosophy Neuroscience and Psychology program, Washington University
Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience
Nicholas Dunn PhD McGill University (Canada)
Nick Smyth PhD Brown University Meta-ethics
Nik Hamm PhD McGill University
Kant; Early Modern
Rosalind Chaplin PhD UCSD
Kant; Early Modern
Roxana Akhbari PhD University of Alberta (Canada)
Ryan Ogilvie PhD University of Maryland
Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience
Shelley Hulbert PhD University of Calgary (Canada)
Travis LaCrois PhD  UC Irvine LPS Logic
Trey Boone
PhD HPS program, Pittsburgh
Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience
William Bredeson PhD.  U of Toronto History
Yue Chen
PhD Logic program, University of Vienna (Austria)