Baylor Philosophy PhD Program Ranks #2 Worldwide for Job Placement

September 26, 2023
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WACO, Texas — In a resounding testament to its dedication to academic excellence and commitment to nurturing the next generation of philosophers, the Baylor Department of Philosophy announces its PhD program's remarkable achievement. According to the recently released data from the Academic Philosophy Data and Analysis (APDA) project, covering a 10-year period from 2013 to 2023, Baylor has secured the #2 spot out of 147 programs worldwide for permanent academic position placement.

Baylor ranks #2 of 147 institutions worldwide for Philosophy PhD graduates' academic job placement

The Academic Philosophy Data and Analysis project (APDA), known for its comprehensive collection, analysis, and dissemination of data on job placement for philosophy PhD graduates, has shed light on Baylor's outstanding performance. This accomplishment places Baylor in an elite category among philosophy programs globally, highlighting its ability to provide graduates with meaningful and lasting career opportunities in academia.

The Baylor Philosophy PhD program's success is not limited to job placement alone; it extends to the overall experience of its graduates. Based on surveys of program alumni, Baylor is among an exclusive group of just six out of 67 programs with available data to receive a perfect 5/5 rating for both overall satisfaction and climate ratings. These exceptional scores indicate that Baylor's program is not only effective in preparing students for academic positions but also creates a nurturing and supportive environment that fosters intellectual growth and personal development.

J. Larry Lyon, PhD, Vice Provost and Dean of the Baylor Graduate School, expressed his enthusiasm about the program's achievements, stating, "This recognition implies that we are now one of the major players in educating the next generation of philosophers, which is exactly what a premier Christian research university ought to be. We are exceptionally proud of our faculty, staff, and students for their dedication and hard work, which have made this success possible."

This recognition not only reflects Baylor's commitment to the success of its graduates but also showcases the program's contribution to the broader philosophical community. Graduates of Baylor's Philosophy PhD program are poised to make significant contributions to the field and shape the future of philosophy.

As Baylor Graduate School celebrates this remarkable achievement, it looks forward to continued growth and success in educating the next generation of philosophers, solidifying its position as a global leader in philosophy education and research. 


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.