PhD Outcomes for MAPSS Graduates

MAPSS places more graduates in funded PhD programs than any MA program in the world. Over the last decade, we have sent an average of 77 students for the PhD each year. Almost 90% of our students have been successful in their applications.

We only count results that are fully funded (tuition plus RA/TAship or stipend) for a minimum of 4 years.


2020 Aggregate Results

For the 2020 admission cycle, at least 105 of 125 MAPSS applicants (84%) were successful in securing fully funded doctoral offers.

By comparison, we were 111 of 125 (89%) in 2019, 90 of 103 (87%) in 2018, 69 of 77 (90%) in 2017, 56 of 60 in 2016 (93%), 68 of 75 in 2015 (91%), 66 of 74 in 2014 (89%), 62 of 66 in 2013 (94%), 78 of 92 for 2012 (85%), 68 of 72 for 2011 (94%), and 52 of 58 for 2010 (90%).


2020 PhD Placement by Discipline

In 2020, our students received more than 2 funded PhD offers each.

23 were accepted at the University of Chicago for PhD study.


In Anthropology, 16 of 20 MAPSS applicants (80%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (2), Texas-Austin, Cornell, Yale, Michigan, York, UC-Berkeley, UVA, Arizona State, Harvard, Notre Dame, CUNY, UCLA, UC-Riverside, UIC, University College London, UC-Irvine, Princeton, UC-Davis, Rice, Arizona, Stanford, and Indiana-Bloomington.

Past Anthropology PhD placements can be found here.


In Economics, 7 of 9 MAPSS applicants (78%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (2), UPenn, UCLA, UNC-Chapel Hill, Maryland, Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan, Ohio State, Duke, Penn State, UC-Berkeley, Boston University, UC-Irvine, and Portland State.

Past Economics PhD placements can be found here.


In History, 14 of 19 MAPSS applicants (74%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (5), Brandeis, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Cambridge, UC-San Diego, Maryland, Texas-Austin, Columbia, Oxford, SUNY-Stony Brook, UC-Berkeley, Fordham, Northwestern, Washington-St. Louis, CUNY, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Past History PhD placements can be found here.


In Political Science, 16 of 19 MAPSS applicants (84%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (5), Notre Dame, UPenn, UCLA, Cornell, Ohio State, Texas-Austin, Oxford, UIC, South Carolina, Toronto, Wisconsin-Madison, Boston College, Florida, NYU, Vanderbilt, UVA, Indiana-Bloomington, Yale, Georgia, UC-Davis, UC-Santa Cruz, Kentucky, and Florida State.

Past Political Science PhD placements can be found here.


In Psychology, 10 of 11 MAPSS applicants (91%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (1), Toronto, UCLA, Indiana-Bloomington, Cambridge, Notre Dame, Miami, UC-Davis, Purdue, McGill, Brigham Young, Guelph, Ohio State, British Columbia, CUNY, Michigan State, Queen’s University-Kingston, UW-Milwaukee, Copenhagen, and Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Past Psychology PhD placements can be found here.

In Sociology, 17 of 23 MAPSS applicants (74%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (2), Ohio State, Princeton, Maryland, Wisconsin-Madison, British Columbia, Yale, Texas-Austin, UPenn, Boston University, Minnesota, Notre Dame, UVA, Emory, Washington-St. Louis, Indiana-Bloomington, NYU, Duke, Northwestern, SUNY-Albany, USC, Michigan, Toronto, UC-Davis, Northeastern, Brown, Oregon, Michigan State, and Boston College.

Past Sociology PhD placements can be found here.


Other Disciplines

2 students were accepted for the PhD in Comparative Human Development.

1 student was accepted for the PhD in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science.

Elsewhere at UChicago, 1 student was accepted for the PhD in Comparative Literature, 1 was accepted for the PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and 1 was accepted for the PhD in Public Policy.

22 applicants were accepted for the PhD in American Studies (Michigan), Business (Northwestern, UPenn, MIT, Stanford, Cornell, UC-Berkeley, UIC, Toronto, Maryland, INSEAD, HKUST, Pittsburgh, Singapore Management), Communications (Simon Fraser), Comparative Literature (UChicago, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, UC-Santa Cruz, UC-Santa Barbara), Critical Thought (Northwestern), East Asian Languages and Civilizations (UChicago, UC-Berkeley, Columbia), Education (Vanderbilt), Geography (UC-Berkeley), Public Health (University of Otago), Public Policy (UChicago, USC), Religious Studies (Fuller Theological), and Science and Technology Studies (MIT).

Finally, 2 students received funded offers in Law (William & Mary, Hastings, UNLV, UConn, Loyola Marymount).

Past PhD and additional placements in other disciplines can be found here.


2020 PhD Admission at UChicago

At least 23 MAPSS graduates were accepted for the PhD at the University of Chicago in 2020. There are over 100 MAPSS graduates now pursuing the PhD on campus.