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Retention and Completion Data for PhD and MA Programs

PhD Program Data

Here we provide information concerning students who have entered our PhD program since 2001.  Keep in mind that there are many different reasons for leaving a graduate program without a degree (transferring to another PhD program, poor academic performance, non-academic personal reasons, etc.) and many reasons for delaying completion after reaching the ABD stage (need to perfect language skills for research, need to work, health problems, family growth, etc.).  So these reports group cases together that are often very different.  But they may be useful for a general overview. (Scroll down for MA program.) Please email corrections or updates to Lisa Farnsworth (lfarnswo@syr.edu). Last updated 5/19/17.

Year       Entering (women/men) Completed PhD Left without PhD Still in program
2001 4 (2/2) 3 (1/2) 1 (1/0) 0
2002 9 (1/8) 5 (1/4) 4 (0/4) 0
2003 6 (0/6) 6 (0/6) 0 0
2004 6 (2/4) 3 (1/2) 2 (1/1) 1 (0/1)
2005 6 (1/5) 3 (0/3) 2 (0/2) 1 (1/0)
2006 7 (1/6) 4 (0/4) 3 (1/2) 0
2007 6 (3/3) 2 (1/1) 2 (2/0) 2 (0/2)
2008 4 (0/4) 2 (0/2) 1 (0/1) 1 (0/1)
2009 5 (2/3) 3 (1/2) 1 (0/1) 1 (1/0)
2010 7 (2/5) 2 (2/0) 4 (0/4) 1 (0/1)
2011 7 (1/6) 4 (0/4) 1 (0/1) 2 (1/1)
2012 5 (4/1) 1 (1/0) 1 (1/0) 3 (2/1)
2013 5 (1/4) 1 (0/1) 1 (0/1) 3 (1/2)
2014 5 (2/3) 0 0 5 (2/3)
2015 5 (1/4) 0 0 5 (1/4)
2016 7 (1/6) 0 1 (0/1) 6 (1/5)
2017 5 (2/3) 0 0 5 (2/3)
Total 99 (26/73) 39 (8/31) 25 (7/18)

36 (12/24)

MA Program Data

Students enter our MA program for many different reasons.  Some want an additional degree as an adjunct to other studies; some want to extend their liberal arts education; some are exploring the possibility of continuing in philosophy; some have definite plans to continue in philosophy; etc..  So the data here probably do not indicate very much, since they lump together people whose reasons for entering the program are very different.

In total, 17 students (10 men, 7 women) entered our MA program between 2000-2011. Nine (seven men, two women) completed the program; at least five of those have been admitted to PhD programs. Seven (three men, four women) left the program without finishing.

2000: One entered and completed.

2003: Two entered and did not complete.

2004: One entered and transferred into a different MA program at SU.

2005: One entered the program and finished her degree.  She was admitted to a philosophy Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati.

2006: One entered and completed.

2007: Two men, one woman entered the program.  One man in Philosophy/Law joint program.  One man and one woman completed their MA degrees.  One man was admitted into our Ph.D. program.

2008: Two men entered the program.  Both were accepted into other Ph.D. programs.  Both completed MA degrees, one defending at the end of 2010 and one defending at the end of 2011.

2009: One man entered the joint MA/Law program.  He completed his degrees, defending his MA thesis on 6/14/11.

2010: Two women and two men entered the program.  All left the program without finishing their degrees.  One woman was accepted into the PhD program at Cornell.

2014: One man entered the joint MA/Law program. He withdrew from the MA program to pursue his JD full-time.