Ethics and Graduate School

What follows are the rankings, from “The Philosophical Gourmet Report,” of graduate schools’ programs in various fields of ethics. Everything here should be taken with a grain of salt, but one can use these rankings to get an idea of the general landscape of graduate education in ethics.

Each school is grouped into a rounded mean score (found next to the group number), and next to each school’s name, in parentheses, are their median and mode scores, e.g. (median, mode).

The scores range from: 5-Distinguished; 4-Strong; 3-Good; 2-Adequate; 1-Marginal; 0-Inadequate for a PhD program.

 

THEORY OF VALUE

ETHICS (incl. normative ethics, practical reasoning, and moral psychology, but excluding applied and meta-ethics)

Group 1 (1-5):  rounded mean of 4.5 (median, mode)
Harvard University (5, 5)
New York University (4.5, 4.5)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4.5, 4.75)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (4.5, 4)
Yale University (4.5, 4.5)
Group 2 (6-11):  rounded mean of 4.0 (median, mode)
Oxford University (4.5, 4.5)
Princeton University (4, 4)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (4, 4)
University of Arizona (4, 4)
University of California, Los Angeles (4, 4)
University of Toronto (4, 4)
Group 3 (12-22):  rounded mean of 3.5 (median, mode)
Brown University (3.5, 4)
Duke University (3.5, 3.5)
Georgetown University (3.5, 3)
Stanford University (4, 4)
University of California, Berkeley (3.5, 4)
University of California, San Diego (3.5, 3.75)
University of Chicago (3.5, 3)
University of Colorado, Boulder (3.5, 3.5)
University of Pittsburgh (3.5, 3.5)
University of Reading (3.5, 4)
University of Southern California (4, 4)
Group 4 (23-43): rounded mean of 3.0 (median, mode)
Australian National University (3, 2.5)
*Bowling Green State University
Cornell University (3, 3.5)
Florida State University (3, 3)
Indiana University, Bloomington (3.5, 3.5)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3, 3)
Ohio State University (3.5, 3.5)
University College London (3, 3)
University of Auckland (3, 3)
University of California, Davis (3, 3)
University of California, Riverside (3, 3)
University of Edinburgh (3, 3)
University of Maryland, College Park (3, 3)
University of Miami (3, 2.5)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul (3, 2.75)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (3, 3.5)
University of Notre Dame (3, 3)
University of St. Andrews/University of Stirling Joint Program (3, 3.5)
University of Texas, Austin (3, 3)
University of Utah (3, 3)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (3, 3)
Washington University, St. Louis (3, 3)
Evaluators:  Donald Ainslie, Marcia Baron, Chris Bobonich, Samantha Brennan, David Brink, Allen Buchanan, Thomas Carson, Roger Crisp, Garrett Cullity, Justin D’Arms, Stephen Darwall, John Deigh, John Doris, James Dreier, Julia Driver, Gerald Dworkin, David Enoch, John Martin Fischer, Owen Flanagan, Marilyn Friedman, John Gardner, Gerald Gaus, Berys Gaut, Charles Guignon, Richard Holton, Brad Hooker, Terence Irwin, Shelly Kagan, Robert Kane, Paul Katsafanas, Julie Markovits, Jefferson McMahan, David McNaughton, Lionel McPherson, Christopher Morris, Dana Nelkin, Alastair Norcross, C. Reeve, Bernard Reginster, Carolina Sartorio, G. Sayre-McCord, David Schmidtz, Mark Schroeder, John Simmons, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Wayne Sumner, John Tasioulas, Larry Temkin, Valerie Tiberius, Evan Tiffany, Peter Vallentyne, Bryan van Norden, Katja Vogt, Ralph Wedgwood, Paul Weithman, Jonathan Wolff, David Wong, Allen Wood.

METAETHICS (metaphysics, epistemology & semantics of morality)

Group 1 (1-2):  rounded mean of 4.5 (median, mode)
Princeton University (4.5, 5)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4.75, 5)
Group 2 (3-6):  rounded mean of 4.0 (median, mode)
Harvard University (3.75, 3.5)
New York University (4.5, 4.5)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (4, 4)
University of Southern California (4, 4)
Group 3 (7-13):  rounded mean of 3.5 (median, mode)
Brown University (3.75, 4)
Cornell University (3.5, 3.5)
Oxford University (4, 3.75)
University of Arizona (4, 4)
University of Pittsburgh (3.5, 3)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (3, 3)
Yale University (3.5, 4)
Group 4 (14-29):  rounded mean of 3.0 (median mode)
Duke University (3, 3.25)
Massachussetts Institute of Technology (3, 3)
Ohio State University (3, 3.5)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (3, 3)
Stanford University (3, 4)
University of California, Berkeley (3, 2.75)
University of California, Davis (3, 3 & 3.5)
University of California, San Diego (3, 2.75)
University of Colorado, Boulder (3, 3)
University of Edinburgh (3, 3)
University of Leeds (2.75, 3.5)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (3, 3.5)
University of Notre Dame (3, 3)
University of Reading (2.75, 3.25)
University of Toronto (3, 3)
Victoria University, Wellington (3, 3)
Evaluators:  David Brink, Thomas Carson, Garrett Cullity, Justin D’Arms, Stephen Darwall, John Doris, James Dreier, David Enoch, Owen Flanagan, Shelly Kagan, Robert Kane, Brian Leiter, David McNaughton, Alex Miller, Daniel Nolan, Paul Noordhof, Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Mark Schroeder, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, David Sosa, Larry Temkin, Valerie Tiberius, Evan Tiffany, Ralph Wedgwood, David Wong.

APPLIED ETHICS

Group 1 (1-7):  rounded mean of 4.0 (median, mode)
Duke University (3.5, 3.5)
Georgetown University (3.75, 3.5)
Harvard University (4, 5)
Oxford University (4.5, 5)
Princeton University (4, 4)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (4, 4)
University of Colorado, Boulder (4, 4)
Group 2 (8-16):  rounded mean of 3.5 (median, mode)
New York University (3.5, 4 & 3)
Rice University (3.5, 3.5)
Stanford University (3.25, 4)
University of Arizona (4, 4)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (3.5, 3.5)
University of Pennsylvania (3.5, 2)
University of Toronto (3.5, 3)
University of Utah (3.25, 3)
Yale University (3.75, 4 & 3.5)
Group 3 (17-38): rounded mean of 3.0 (median, mode)
Australian National University (3.5, 3.5)
*Bowling Green State University
City University of New York Graduate Center (3, 2.75)
London School of Economics (3, 3)
*Loyola University, Chicago
Queen’s University (Canada) (3.25, 3.5)
Syracuse University (3, 3.25)
#Texas A&M University
#University at Albany, State University of New York
University of California, Los Angeles (3, 2.75)
University of California, Riverside (2.75, 3.5)
University of Chicago (3, 3)
University of Maryland, College Park (3, 2.75)
University of Melbourne (3.5, 3.75)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (3, 3.5)
*University of North Texas
University of Notre Dame (3, 3)
*University of Oregon
University of St. Andrews/University of Stirling Joint Program (2.75, 2.5)
University of Virginia (3, 3)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (3, 2.75)
Washington University, St. Louis (3, 2.75)
Evaluators:  Donald Ainslie, Samantha Brennan, Allen Buchanan, Thomas Carson, Garrett Cullity, Julia Driver, Rebecca Kukla, Jeff McMahan, Christopher Morris, Alastair Norcross, David Schmidtz.