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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.

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I applied to schools last year: 1 PGR MA Program, 2 PGR Ph.D Programs, and 1 non listed Ph.D program. I was rejected from all but the non listed Ph.D program. I received a fellowship offer from them, but declined for a few reasons.

At this point, I'm sort of kicking myself for not accepting free money and going to school to at least "test the waters", so to speak; however, I felt I could have more success this year with my applications. Now, suddenly, I'm not so sure, and am starting to get that regretful feeling of anxiousness. Argh.

At any rate, I'm looking at applying to perhaps 11 or so programs, the majority of which will be MA programs (Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Georgia State, Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Ohio University and maybe Texas Tech and Brandeis (but I hear their funding is weak, plus the application fee is quite high). I know that the competition, even at the MA level, will be quite fierce, and this worries me.

Are there some other strong MA programs (with good faculty, good Ph.D placement record etc.) not listed on the PGR that, perhaps, will increase my chances of being admitted in the event that I get rejected from all of the aforementioned programs? I'm up for advice in general.

hey check out:

Houston
Texas A&M

both have pretty good placement.

Anonymous

November 13 2009, 16:46:51 UTC 7 years ago

http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2009/11/most-philosophers-teaching-in-canadian-department-earned-their-phds-outside-canada.html

As a Canadian who started researching PhD programs last year, I can say... yep.
Hello!

Thought I'd introduce myself, my stats, and let people know to where I am applying.

I'm coming from a decent state school with a B.A. in Philosophy and French. I wrote an honors thesis on animal rights.

GRE: 710 Verbal, 730 Quant., 6.0 AWA
GPA: 3.98; Philosophy GPA: 4.0
Good Letters of Rec. (no one really well known, but they know me well)
Good Writing Sample in Care Ethics
My main interests are: Virtue ethics, feminist ethics, and environmental philosophy
Other side interests: Heidegger, Philosophy of science, early modern phil (esp. Spinoza), liberalism and its critics

Schools I'm applying to:

U of Chicago
U of Toronto
McGill University
U of Colorado, Boulder
U of Miami
Penn State
U of Memphis
Michigan State U
NIU (MA)
Colorado State U (MA)

Anyone else applying to these places? Anyone else interested in the same stuff?
I'm going for (in your list) U of T and Boulder. Entirely different interests, though, mind & language.

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November 15 2009, 09:03:27 UTC 7 years ago

Out of curiosity, what sort of methods did you utilize to increase your verbal score so much over a two month period?

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The higher-ranked ones (Toronto, Western and UBC) are all one-year programs. Alternatively, some of the unranked ones - Victoria, SFU, Ryerson (a new program) are two years, which gives you more time to actually improve your application. Thoughts?
I'd rely a lot on their placements to PhD programs (for the programs which have that information posted).
Stats are:

670 V 660 Q
Undergrad GPA (3.35) Philosophy (3.67)
MA GPA Close to 4.0

Will admissions committed focus on my _recent_ work or will they make decisions based on undergrad stats?

Thanks for any insights you might offer in advance.
There are some comments on this precise question on the bottom of Page Two.

TXM

Anonymous

November 16 2009, 15:53:29 UTC 7 years ago

One prof didn't bat an eyelash at the mention of the theory of extended minds in my SOP as something that could solve a certain problem, but one worried about how "well regarded" it is. Should one steer away from controversial topics? Is TXM that controversial?

I suppose the SOP could survive taking it out out, either by hinting another solution or just explaining the problem more thoroughly.

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November 16 2009, 23:07:37 UTC 7 years ago

Eh, I went with more elucidation. I think the extra clarity of the question is more beneficial than the potential answer, and in light of that the debate about the answer's quality isn't immediately relevant.

Anonymous

November 19 2009, 03:33:53 UTC 7 years ago

Anyone else having an annoying problem where the online applications keep freezing up, or loading extremely slowly?
fuck this...

Anonymous

November 19 2009, 04:18:31 UTC 7 years ago

haha.. well that's why we're doing them early right?
I'm a newcomer to this forum, and my first thought is that I'm being very cautious in my evaluation of my chances compared to others. The highest ranked program I'm applying to is Maryland (also toying with the idea of taking a wild shot at USC!). Others are all ranked lower, and some outside the top 50. My interests are language, mind, free will.

My big causes for concern are:
a) the 5-year gap since my BA in philosophy (from a top 25 state school)
b) a few DRs (or W's) on my transcript, including a couple of philosophy courses (medical reasons, but I'm not expecting that to fly as an excuse, or even to dwell on it in my SoP. Hey, everyone's been through some tough times, right?)
c) only one of my 3-4 letters from a philosopher. But it's a strong one.
d) average overall gpa (3.3); but a good philosophy one (3.8)

On the other hand, for the past 1.5 years I've been doing a part time MA in applied linguistics (maintaining a 4.0; and I can connect it to my philosophical interests) alongside working a full-time job. So I hope adcoms will see that as improved self-discipline. But could that instead say, "he couldn't really handle philosophy, but is doing well in linguistics, so perhaps he should stay there"? Or will they bin the MA transcript without even looking at it as it's not in philosophy?

Sorry, I'm thinking out loud now! But I'd really appreciate comments on my situation. Am I being wise in setting my sights low? Might I be underestimating my chances? Please just don't tell me that I have no hope in hell of ever getting into a top 50 program!

Thanks :)
Hi. I was a moderately successful applicant last year. I wanted to suggest that you _do_ use your medical reasons as an excuse for your W's. The advice I received was that if there is some good reason/excuse for doing poorly in a class, it's best to have one of your letter writers mention this reason/excuse in their letter. second best would be to explain yourself in your statement of purpose. yep, everyone has been through some tough times, but some have been through tougher times than others. Good luck!

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Same here, just clicked SEND on my first application.

Cheers everyone, and good luck!
Some programs have missing, or vague placement info. Would it be... impolitic... to email them asking for more detailed information before applying?
I don't think it would negatively reflect on you, but I doubt they are going to put together enough information in such a short time period to satisfy you.

Anonymous

November 23 2009, 00:02:21 UTC 7 years ago

Anyone have any thoughts about which departments have improved or worsened since the last PGR?

Anonymous

November 23 2009, 00:46:39 UTC 7 years ago

I'd say that Washington University (St. Louis) is worse, at least for social/political. They lost both May and Friedman to Vanderbilt.

Anonymous

7 years ago

I'm not sure if this has already come up, but I'll ask anyway.

Is it a good idea to mention specific faculty members that you'd like to work with in the SoP? I've gotten mixed advice about it. I personally feel that if you state your interests clearly enough, then it should be obvious to the adcoms which professors you're interested in. Any insights on this?
I agree with you. (Most) Applicants are applying to certain departments because they think it fits their interests. Stating that I, for example, am applying to Arizona because I want to work with Annas and Kamtekar seems to be redundant if I state that I am interested in Ancient Philosophy earlier in my SOP.

Plus, it runs of the risk of alienating another member of the faculty who specializes in that subject who you do not mention or sounding uninformed if the faculty member you mentioned is no longer there. I also think that it sucks valuable word-space from a very short document which is supposed to tell the faculty something about YOU. Spending a few sentences talking about who you'd like to work with could be better spent talking about what problems you'd like to be working ON, in my opinion.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Are those of you who are re-applying to grad school mentioning this fact in your personal statement?
Hmmm...I'm re-applying but I'm not sure if I'll mention it. I will certainly mention briefly what I've been doing in my year off though.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

In recent days I've read and/or heard of financial troubles at a number of different schools, e.g. the entire University of California system, Florida State, Duke, Arizona State. I imagine if universities are squeezed for funds, humanities departments would feel the pinch before others. Does anyone know for sure what the funding situation is like at any schools?
I know that Duke isn't admitting PhD students to Philosophy this year (though MA apps may still be considered) - I can't say for certain why, but one can imagine the funding issues you mention are the cause.

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About me:
Undergrad GPA- 3.63
MA GPA- 3.95
Verbal- 640, Quant- 800, AW- 5.0
Interests- Philosophy of Mind (& Psych & Cog Sci) and Philosophy of Science

My list:
Rutgers
Pitt- HPS
Columbia
UNC
UCBerkeley
UCLA
CUNY
UCSD
Brown
Duke
Indiana- HPS
UMass
Wash U- PNP
UBC
Hello, doppelgänger :P. We share at lot of the same interests and schools. Not so sure about the California ones, though, given their financial situation and my international-ness.

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So, the Stanford application is due december 1st. But it also says that supplementary materials are due by January 5th? What do people make of that (as in, is it actually ok to wait to send in our writing samples?)
Yes, you can send in the sample later.

Enjoy the $125.00 application fee!!
The post above on this topic got sidetracked by the funding issues specific to Duke, so I thought I'd repost specifically regarding the UC schools. I am wondering if anyone has news on how the funding issues in the UC system might affect admissions and grad funding.

I know that last year grad admissions were spared from the funding crunch, whereas undergrad admissions suffered a pretty big blow (http://www.newuniversity.org/2009/01/news/system-wide_reduction_in_uc174/). Anyone clued in to how things might go this year?
I know that UC Santa Cruz has cut philosophy Ph.D. admissions outright, mostly for funding reasons. Not sure to what extent other UC's are affected. This is a really hard year for our state :-(
Does anyone know if this is required for grad school to be considered for fellowships? I mean, if you get accepted you are typically funded regardless of whether or not you would be able to afford it if you weren't, so it would seem that you don't need to fill a FAFSA out--am I mistaken?
You do not need to fill out a FAFSA. You will automatically be considered for funding. You only need the FAFSA if you are applying for external fellowships or student loans.

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7 years ago

MIT and Ann Arbor ask for reading lists... really? Ann Arbor says "principal" texts, which gives some wiggle room, but many courses are just lots of diiferent articles... thinking about emailing them to ask for how detailed the list should be.
Is this supposed to be included in the online application or in the CV?

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Brian Leiter opened up a post for comments asking if any institutions were cutting back on PhD admissions this year. Should be interesting to watch.

http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2009/11/schools-cutting-phd-admissions-because-of-budget-issues.html

Anonymous

December 2 2009, 00:38:41 UTC 7 years ago

Anyone notice how less active this forum is in 2010 than it was in 2009?

Are less people applying? Are people using another forum?

Anonymous

December 2 2009, 02:17:19 UTC 7 years ago

That's not quite right -- this time last year, the Philosophy thread was only on its second page (although there did seem to be more posters actively engaged in it).
(I posted this comment last year, but it's still relevant, so here it is once more.)

I'm interested in how any Australian applicants fare this year (I'll be in the rat-race myself in a few years' time). A few questions:

1. How are Australian philosophy departments perceived in the US -- would ANU, Sydney, and Melbourne grads be treated with as much respect as, say, a Berkeley grad (ceteris paribus)?

2. How well do the funding packages offered in the US stack up to those in Australia?

Keep us updated in any case, Australians.
I'm Canadian... I'll come back to this post in March and tell you how I do :P!
Greetings,

While Milwaukee is obviously a well-regarded MA program with a wonderful placement record, I have been able to find precious few postings (from the past few years) wherein students with first-hand experience of the program commented at any length on its strengths and weaknesses. I am very very curious about any such observations and am hoping that some members of this community might be able to provide some. Thoughts on the atmosphere? Faculty-student interactions? Student-student interactions? The nature and set-up of the program?

I am specifically looking to focus in philosophy of language and as of right now Milwaukee is my first-choice school.

Warm Regards,

XX
Why would UW-Milwaukee be your first choice if your main interest is in philosophy of language?

Anonymous

December 3 2009, 16:51:25 UTC 7 years ago

So, here are my stats
GPA - 3.5 Philosophy GPA - 3.5
Verbal:650 Quant:620 AW:5
3 rec letters of course
Writing sample on Nietzsche/Heidegger

I'm planning to apply to U of Memphis, Penn State, NSSR, SUNY Stony Brook, and a few other places.

Should I even bother?

Anonymous

December 3 2009, 16:54:56 UTC 7 years ago

Is there a reason you shouldn't?

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