Ph.D. Program Statistics - Philosophy

In order to make the activity and culture of graduate programs more visible, we provide in the table below basic statistics about the Ph.D. programs at the University of Michigan. The data and variables were selected to offer a more accurate and helpful picture than those provided by external sources. We also encourage you to visit the Philosophy website to learn more about the intellectual life, successes, and opportunities in this Ph.D. program.

The Ph.D. program statistics are also available in an interactive dashboard (Tableau).

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Number of applications 261 259
Number of new doctoral students 5 6
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 39 37
Female 41% 37%
Male 59% 63%
International 26% 21%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 74% 79%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
African American 0% 0%
Asian American 14% 17%
Hispanic (one or more races) 14% 6%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 66% 70%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 3% 3%
Not indicated 3% 4%
Ph.D. Degree
2016 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 4 27
Median years to Ph.D. 6.54 5.93
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 80%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 84%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2016 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 98% 98%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 2% 1%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 1%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2003 - 2007 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2008 - 2012 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2012 - 2016 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 73% 91% 37%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 0% 0% 44%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 13% 9% 15%
Business / Industry 7% 0% 4%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 0% 0% 0%
Not employed 0% 0% 0%
No data available 7% 0% 0%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 15 33 27

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 22, 2016.