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Philosophy 2010

This is for anyone applying to Philosophy graduate programs during the 2009-2010 academic year. Please share acceptances, rejections, wait-list notifications, and so on.

Best of luck to everyone applying!
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MA vs BA

Anonymous

February 7 2010, 22:29:31 UTC 7 years ago

I am wondering how many of all the applicants have an MA, or will soon and all those who have, or will have a BA.

I am curious not only from a statistical point of view but also if anyone could shed any light as to whether a MA gives you a boost in your application. It seems to me that someone with two more years in the field would be at a significant advantage over a senior in college. Yet, as I have seen so far, sometimes what I think is common sense does not seem to matter when it comes to PhD applications.
I am graduating with my BA this semester. I have worked one-on-one with several professors for the past two years, and have writing a thesis for the past year. I have also taken three graduate seminars. I know this isn't the case for all students graduating with a BA, but I know it is the case for lots of students who apply to the top PhD programs. You normally don't get an MA unless you NEED more experience. Of course more time is always advantageous, but it doesn't really say much more about how the student will perform at the PhD level.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

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3_strikesurout

7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

I'm guessing that decisions are coming out today.
That would be great. I have heard nothing back from any of the programs that I applied to.

Re: Northwestern

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Anonymous

February 8 2010, 13:30:56 UTC 7 years ago

Ever increasingly having a Masters makes a big difference. A Friend of mine on the admissions committee at a 2nd tier school noted this trend saying that in the past few years only one or two of their top ten applicants did not have a Masters. Those who made it on the list without a Masters showed special ability (e.g. having spent a year studying at Oxford). There are many reasons for this, but primarily it seems that when one has a Masters committees can see how well applicants are able to think philosophically at an advanced level.

On the other hand, browsing through current students at Notre Dame, for example, one can see a handful of students without Masters admitted to this excellent program.

I applied to a few PhDs where I could argue a great fit, and a few Masters programs as plan B. I also have a Masters in a related field, but I was assured that it would not make a huge difference in applications since it does not demonstrate my ability to think philosophically. Committees want to know that you are a great fit and that you can succeed in their program. Without a Masters you can argue this, but Masters degrees are an easy way for schools to assess your ability.

Anonymous

February 8 2010, 14:50:22 UTC 7 years ago

I also think people forget that we live in an age where a BA/BS from even an elitish school is not all that valuable or flexible. However, an MA from a good school can serve as a good springboard to do things aside from philosophy (or even law). Additionally, you get two more years to study something you presumably really like.

Columbia

Anonymous

February 8 2010, 14:32:25 UTC 7 years ago

Has anybody noticed any change to her Columbia application status? My transcripts (unofficial) still do not appear? Has anybody's file been transmitted to the department?
My transcripts appear...but I don't know if anything has been forwarded to the department.

Re: Columbia

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: Columbia

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7 years ago

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dan272010

7 years ago

How will we survive? I need to refresh it every five minutes.
Have you seen this?

http://www.yuster.com/

Re: TGC is down

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: TGC is down

Anonymous

7 years ago

You can get to TGC by going to this link:

http://thegradcafe.com/survey/index.php

and typing in the search bar "Philosophy"

You'll see there that there's been another Rutgers rejection via website as of Feb. 8th....and as I predicted you'll see many more of these early this week..since the pile is only at 25-20 applicants out of around 300 total.

You'll start to believe me.
Searching for a pattern: could the rejected people let us know when they submitted?

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adamzz99

7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Arizona

Anonymous

February 8 2010, 16:13:47 UTC 7 years ago

Rejected today from Arizona via email; received an email from the graduate school. What the hell? Can't I at least receive the rejection from someone in the philosophy department?
I was going to post this on the TGC, but obviously can't right now. I just got a rejection from the University of Arizona.
I remember Arizona having funding issues last year... wonder how things will turn out this year.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

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Re: Rejected at University of Arizona

Anonymous

7 years ago

It was one of my top schools...for political philosophy....shit

Anonymous

February 8 2010, 16:41:39 UTC 7 years ago

am i the only one who thinks that leiter's wife should keep her poems to herself?

Anonymous

February 8 2010, 16:47:07 UTC 7 years ago

You're not alone.

Anonymous

7 years ago

agreed

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Anonymous

7 years ago

I was admitted today via email.
Whoa... any more information re: when other acceptances/rejections/waitlists will be sent, how many apps, etc.? Informal email or official? Congrats!

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Anonymous

February 8 2010, 20:06:58 UTC 7 years ago

There is a rejection from Marquette on TGC. Has anyone else heard back yet? The application deadline is not until Feb 15th, so I am surprised that someone has heard already. Is it normal to send out acceptances or rejections even before the deadline?
-Honors BA in Phil & Psych from top 15 Leiter school
-Interests: Cog Sci, Epistemology, Noise
Applied:

Arizona
Columbia
CUNY
Indiana
MIT
Tufts
UC-Berk
UC-San Diego
WashU
Yale

This is my round 2; hoping for a good season.
good luck!
seems that we have common interests in philosophy...

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hot_waxx

7 years ago

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hot_waxx

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Wash U

Anonymous

February 8 2010, 20:18:40 UTC 7 years ago

I remember someone mentioning (I think early last week) that the final decisions would come over the next 2 weeks- this is the start of the second week now, I think. Or was the meaning more that decisions would come next week?
That was me. I think it should be next week. I got the email on the 1st or 2nd of Feb, so two weeks would be the 15th or 16th. Provided, that is, that 'two weeks' was meant literally, rather than as an estimate.

Pitt HPS

Anonymous

February 8 2010, 20:34:57 UTC 7 years ago

tgc has an acceptance by snail mail- that's unusual, why did they do it like that? Congrats to whoever got it, though.