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 79 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.


2021 Aggregate Results

For the 2021 admission cycle, at least 84 of 104 MAPSS applicants (81%) were successful in securing fully funded doctoral offers.

By comparison, we were 105 of 125 (84%) in 2020, 111 of 125 (89%) in 2019, 90 of 103 (87%) in 2018, 69 of 77 (90%) in 2017, 56 of 60 (93%) in 2016, 68 of 75 (91%) in 2015, 66 of 74 (89%) in 2014, 62 of 66 (94%) in 2013, 78 of 92 (85%) in 2012, 68 of 72 (94%) in 2011, and 52 of 58 (90%) in 2010.


2021 PhD Placement by Discipline

In 2021, our students received nearly 2 funded PhD offers each.

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


In Anthropology, 9 of 12 MAPSS applicants (75%) have funded offers. They include admits at Stanford, Minnesota, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Rice, Johns Hopkins, UC-Davis, CUNY, Southern California, McGill, Indiana-Bloomington, Maryland, and UC-Irvine.

Past Anthropology PhD placements can be found here.


In Economics, 8 of 11 MAPSS applicants (73%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (2), Wisconsin-Madison, Rice, Toronto, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Duke, UT-Austin, Calgary, Georgia State, Cornell, Maryland, and UC-Davis.

Past Economics PhD placements can be found here.


In History, 13 of 15 MAPSS applicants (87%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago, Washington-St. Louis, UC-Berkeley, Ohio State, Stanford, Indiana-Bloomington, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, William & Mary, Boston College, Temple, Georgia, Baylor, Rochester, Texas A&M, UC-Santa Cruz, Queen’s, Miami, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tulane, National University of Singapore, and Nevada-Reno. 

Past History PhD placements can be found here.


In Political Science, 9 of 14 MAPSS applicants (64%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago, Ohio State, Toronto, UCLA, McGill, UCSD, Indiana-Bloomington, UT-Austin, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Dallas, and UC-Irvine.

Past Political Science PhD placements can be found here.


In Psychology, 13 of 15 MAPSS applicants (87%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago, Penn State, UCLA, Temple, Duke, Indiana-Bloomington, UVA, British Columbia, Northwestern, UC-Irvine, Chatham, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Southern California, Virginia Tech, UNC-Charlotte, Georgetown, McGill, the Wright Institute, Johns Hopkins, UNC-Greensboro, UConn, Michigan-Ann Arbor, UT-Dallas, and Wisconsin-Madison. 

Past Psychology PhD placements can be found here.


In Sociology, 15 of 20 MAPSS applicants (75%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago, Harvard, UCLA, Boston College, NYU, Heriot-Watt, Notre Dame, UCLA, Toronto, UC-Irvine, UVA, Indiana-Bloomington, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cornell, Tulane, Wisconsin-Madison, McGill, Buffalo, Ohio State, UConn, and Rutgers.

Past Sociology PhD placements can be found here.


Other Disciplines 

1 student was accepted for the PhD in Comparative Human Development.

Elsewhere at UChicago, 1 student was accepted for the PhD in Business, 1 was accepted for the PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and 1 was accepted for the PhD in Social Work.

25 applicants were accepted for the PhD in Applied Linguistics (Columbia), Asian Languages and Literatures (UCLA), Business (UChicago, Columbia, UPenn, Stanford, Toronto, Duke, MIT, UCSD, British Columbia, UCLA, INSEAD, Yale, Northwestern, Washington-St. Louis, NYU, Southern California, Utah, Northwestern, Colorado-Boulder, National University of Singapore, McMaster, and Boston University), Central Eurasian Studies (Indiana-Bloomington), Communications (Wisconsin-Madison, UIC), Education (UC-Irvine, Purdue), Gender Studies (Toronto), Modern Thought and Literature (Stanford), Philosophy (Toronto, Tulane), Public Policy (Harvard), Social Policy (Brandeis), Social Work (UChicago), and South Asian Languages and Civilizations (UChicago).

Finally, 4 students were accepted for Law School (Toronto, NYU, UT-Austin, UC-Berkeley).

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


2021 PhD Admission at UChicago

At least 10 MAPSS graduates were accepted for the PhD at the University of Chicago in 2021. There are over 100 MAPSS graduates now pursuing the PhD on campus.