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 63 students for the PhD each year. Over 90% of our graduates 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.


2017 Aggregate Results

For the 2017 admission cycle, 69 of 77 (90%) MAPSS graduates who applied with our assistance received funded offers.

By comparison, we were 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%), 52 of 58 for 2010 (90%), and 50 of 55 for 2009 (91%).


2017 PhD Placement by Discipline

In 2017, our students averaged almost 3 funded PhD offers each.    

Anthropology | 13 of 17 MAPSS applicants (76%) have funded offers. They include several admits at UChicago (4), Berkeley, Texas-Austin, Virginia, Stanford, Cambridge, NYU, Indiana-Bloomington, Yale, Washington-St. Louis, Harvard, UC-Davis, Michigan, Arizona, UCLA, UPenn, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Oxford, Cornell, Toronto, UC-Irvine.

Past Anthropology PhD placements can be found here.


Economics | 4 MAPSS students applied in our first year of operation, and all 4 had offers (100%). They include several admits at Northwestern, Princeton, Caltech, Cornell, and University College London.


History | 21 of 22 MAPSS applicants (95%) have funded offers. They include several admits at UChicago (6), NYU, Harvard, Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio State, Temple, Tulane, Connecticut, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cornell, SUNY-Albany, Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado-Boulder, Brown, St. Louis, Texas-Austin, Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins, University of Southern Carolina, Yale, Rutgers, Duke, Michigan State, Clark, Berkeley, Vanderbilt, and Maryland.

Past History PhD placements can be found here.


Political Science | 8 of 9 MAPSS applicants (89%) have funded offers. They include admits at Virginia, UC-Davis, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, UCLA, Toronto, UC-San Diego, Northwestern, McGill, Cambridge, CUNY, UC-Santa Cruz, the New School, Cornell, Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and Temple.

Past Political Science PhD placements can be found here.


Psychology | 5 of 6 MAPSS applicants (83%) have funded offers. They include several admits at UChicago (2), Emory, Michigan, NYU, Maryland, Columbia, UC-Riverside, and Yale.

Past Psychology PhD placements can be found here.


Sociology | 14 of 14 MAPSS applicants (100%) have funded offers. They include several admits at UChicago (5), Duke, UC-San Diego, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Indiana-Bloomington, Northwestern, UC-Davis, the University of Southern California, CUNY, Minnesota, UMass-Amherst, Washington-Seattle, Texas-Austin, Cambridge, Columbia, Rutgers, UNC-Chapel Hill, Brown, Notre Dame, Virginia, UCLA, Michigan, UPenn, Washington-St. Louis, and Cornell.

Past Sociology PhD placements can be found here.


Other Disciplines  | 4 others were accepted for the PhD in American Studies (Michigan, UC-San Diego), Media and Communications (Temple), Survey Methodology (joint programs at Michigan, Maryland), and Music (UChicago, UPenn, Harvard, and Columbia).

6 students received funded offers in Law (Yale, Harvard, Michigan, Berkeley, Duke, Northwestern, Cornell, NYU, Texas-Austin, Georgetown, Washington-St. Louis, Boston University, Notre Dame, Emory, Ohio State, Minnesota, UC-Hastings, University of Southern California, UC-Davis, Washington-Seattle, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, UC-Irvine, and Indiana-Bloomington).

3 were accepted for additional Masters degrees in Art History (NYU), Economics (Barcelona, LSE, Stockholm), Human Rights (Padova), Human Development and Food Security (Roma Tre, Edinburgh), Public Policy (Sciences Po, Torino), and Humanitarian Action (NOHA).

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


2017 PhD Admission at UChicago

At least 18 MAPSS graduates were accepted for the PhD at the University of Chicago in 2017. There are over 100 MAPSS graduates now pursuing the PhD on campus.