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 72 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.


2019 Aggregate Results

For the 2019 admission cycle, 111 of 125 (89%) of MAPSS graduates who applied with our assistance received funded PhD offers.

By comparison, we were 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%).


2019 PhD Placement by Discipline

In 2019, our students averaged almost 3 funded PhD offers each.

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


In Anthropology, 16 of 18 MAPSS applicants (89%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (3), Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford, Virginia, Indiana-Bloomington, UC-Berkeley, Washington-St. Louis, Harvard, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Oxford, George Washington, Northwestern, Michigan-Ann Arbor, UC-Santa Cruz, Princeton, Texas-Austin, Ohio State, Yale, UPenn, UC-Irvine, Osaka, Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Minnesota, and UC-Riverside.

Past Anthropology PhD placements can be found here.


In Economics, 13 of 13 MAPSS applicants (100%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (3), LSE, Duke, Maryland, UPenn, Columbia, UCLA, Brown, Minnesota, Stanford, Northwestern, Texas-Austin, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UC-Davis, Simon Fraser, and Boston University.

Past Economics PhD placements can be found here.


In History, 14 of 17 MAPSS applicants (82%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (3), Duke, Minnesota, Yale, Texas-Austin, Northwestern, Princeton, Iowa State, Johns Hopkins, UC-Berkeley, Indiana-Bloomington, Columbia, Nebraska, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Penn State, Harvard, Iowa, UC-Santa Barbara, Washington-Seattle, UCLA, Wisconsin-Madison, UT-Knoxville, UPenn, Illinois-Urbana Champaign, UC-San Diego, British Columbia, Tufts, Oregon, Washington-St. Louis, Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Mexico, and Stony Brook.

Past History PhD placements can be found here.


In Political Science, 13 of 15 MAPSS applicants (87%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (2), Toronto, Virginia, McGill, Texas-Austin, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Harvard, Iowa, UCLA, Oregon, MIT, Essex, Wisconsin-Madison, British Columbia, Princeton, Minnesota, UC-Santa Barbara, Australian National, CUNY, Northwestern, Washington-Seattle, Colorado-Boulder, Sydney, and UConn.

Past Political Science PhD placements can be found here.


In Psychology, 10 of 14 MAPSS applicants (71%) have funded offers. They include admits at Yale, UC-Santa Barbara, Tufts, Concordia, Toronto, NYU, Nebraska-Lincoln, UC-San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Texas Tech, Colorado-Boulder, Rutgers, UMass-Boston, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Fordham, and San Diego State-UC San Diego.

Past Psychology PhD placements can be found here.


In Sociology, 26 of 26 MAPSS applicants (100%) have funded offers. They include admits at UChicago (9), NYU, Boston University, Northwestern, UC-Irvine, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Minnesota, Yale, Toronto, Maryland, Ohio State, Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell, Brandeis, Duke, Indiana-Bloomington, Brown, Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Loyola, UCLA, Texas-Austin, Syracuse, Oxford, Colorado-Boulder, UC-San Diego, UNC-Chapel Hill, UIC, Emory, Oregon, Arizona, SUNY-Albany, UC-Santa Barbara, British Columbia, Rutgers, and Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

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 Social Thought.

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

Elsewhere at UChicago, 2 students were accepted for the PhD in the Booth School of Business, 2 were accepted for the PhD in the Harris School of Public Policy, 1 was accepted in Divinity, and 1 was accepted for the PhD in Public Health Sciences.

37 applicants were accepted for the PhD in Information Science (UC-Irvine, Illinois-Urbana Champaign), Geography (UC-Berkeley, UC-Santa Barbara), East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Columbia, Illinois-Urbana Champaign), Middle East Studies (Michigan-Ann Arbor), Science and Technology Studies (Cornell, UC-San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic), Demography (Princeton), Survey Methodology (Michigan-Ann Arbor), Criminal Justice (Temple, SUNY-Albany, UC-Irvine, Maryland), Public Policy (UChicago, Ohio State, Harvard, University of Southern California), Urban Planning (UC-Berkeley, Wisconsin-Madison), Education (Vanderbilt), Communication Sciences and Disorders (CUNY, Northwestern), Art History (Maryland, Ohio State, Kansas), Marketing/Behavioral Science (Toronto, Northwestern, UCLA, Hong Kong, NYU, UC-San Diego, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Colorado-Boulder, Hong Kong Polytechnic), Business (UChicago, London, Yale, UCLA, INSEAD, Northwestern, UC-Berkeley, Illinois-Urbana Champaign, UIC), Public Health (UChicago, UC-San Diego-San Diego State, Washington-St. Louis, UIC, Rutgers, Iowa, Maryland), and Divinity (UChicago).

3 students received funded offers in Law (UCLA, Georgetown, Columbia, Cornell, UC-Davis, Loyola, University of Southern California, St. Louis, and Wayne State).

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


2019 PhD Admission at UChicago

At least 30 MAPSS graduates were accepted for the PhD at the University of Chicago in 2019. There are over 100 MAPSS graduates now pursuing the PhD on campus.