Emory's program is primarily designed for the student seeking an academic career. About two thirds of our Ph.D.s receive tenure track faculty appointments at colleges and universities. The curriculum is structured to provide breadth of knowledge coupled with mastery of a specific area in which the student is most interested. This training qualifies an Emory graduate for positions in small liberal arts colleges as well as larger, research-oriented universities. In addition, our unique teacher training program makes our graduates particularly attractive to institutions looking for strong college-level instructors.
Faculty members are always seeking ways to make our students better qualified and more attractive on the job market. The Department has a formal placement program to assist graduates in finding suitable positions. We make every effort to place our students in jobs that correspond well with the students' talents and interests.
Emory students who have desired positions at major research institutions have been placed at such schools as: Cornell University, Brown University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, Florida State University, University of Washington, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, Georgia State University, Southern Methodist University, Rice University, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, University of Connecticut, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, University of South Carolina, University of Texas at Austin, The University of Alabama, University College London, The University of Georgia, and American University. Students seeking positions at more teaching-oriented liberal arts colleges and universities have been placed recently at schools such as: Smith College, Georgetown, Illinois Wesleyan University, Middlebury College, Linfield College, Lycoming College, McMurry University, Union College, Spelman College, Trinity University, John Carroll University and Mary Baldwin College. A complete list of Ph.D. placements for incoming classes between 2000-2011 can be obtained here.
Students who prefer non-academic jobs also do well in our program. Our training in research methodology fully qualifies our graduates not only to perform well in academic research but also to excel in applied research settings in government agencies, corporations, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations.