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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Retention and Completion Data for Ph.D. and M.A. Programs

Ph.D. Program Data

Here we provide information concerning students who have entered our Ph.D. program since 2001.  Keep in mind that there are many different reasons for leaving a graduate program without a degree (transferring to another Ph.D. program, poor academic performance, non-academic personal reasons, etc.) and many reasons for delaying completion after reaching the dissertation writing 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 M.A. program.) Please email corrections or updates to Lisa Farnsworth (lfarnswo@syr.edu). Last updated 5/19/17.

Year       Entering (women/men) Completed Ph.D. Left without Ph.D. 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)

M.A. Program Data

Students enter our M.A. 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 M.A. program between 2000-2011. Nine (seven men, two women) completed the program; at least five of those have been admitted to Ph.D. 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 M.A. program at Syracuse University.

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 M.A. 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 M.A. degrees, one defending at the end of 2010 and one defending at the end of 2011.

2009: One man entered the joint M.A./Law program.  He completed his degrees, defending his M.A. 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 Ph.D. program at Cornell.

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