What Can You Do With a PPE Degree?

The Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics prepares students for success in many career paths.  As a PPE student, you'll gain experience with a wide range of analytical tools and research methods in the social sciences, and develop your skills in critical thinking, writing, and argumentation.

These skills are highly transferable: since the first graduating class in 2012, PPE alumni have gone on to successful careers in law, consulting, government, nonprofits, education, and many other areas.

Learn more about the careers PPE alumni have gone on to pursue, and career resources available for current PPE students and alumni, below.

Career Paths

The lists below are just some of the many employers and graduate programs where PPE alumni have worked and studied.  PPE students and alumni can view the full list in our Alumni Directory - see Career Resources for details.




  • Deloitte
  • Huron Consulting Group
  • Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Guidehouse
  • KPMG
  • Cornerstone Research


  • BlackRock
  • Fitch Ratings
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley

Government, Public Service, and Nonprofit

  • Department of State
  • Department of Labor
  • Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
  • Peace Corps
  • Teach for America
  • Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
  • Center for International Sustainable Development
  • Political campaigns:
    • Colorado Senate District 27
    • Michigan's 7th US Congressional District
    • Michigan House of Representatives District 55


  • Honigman LLP
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Tucker Ellis LLP
  • Latham and Watkins LLP
  • Skadden, Arsp, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • National Veterans Legal Service Program
  • Circuit Court of Cook County
  • US District Court


  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Qualtrics
  • Microsoft

Graduate Programs

Law (JD)

  • Boston University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Cambridge
  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Loyola Marymount
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • New York University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas

MA, MS, MPhil, PhD

  • University of Cambridge
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Career data was collected in a survey of 95 PPE alumni conducted in July 2020.  Survey respondents included members of the graduating classes of 2014 through 2020.

Read more about what our alums have done since graduation on our Featured Alumni page.

Career Resources

PPE Alumni Directory

Available to all current students and alumni of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, the PPE Alumni Directory includes information about alums' career paths and additional education received after U of M.  Most alumni directory listings also include contact information (shared on an opt-in basis.)To access the alumni directory, please contact phil.events@umich.edu.

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