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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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CV

Anonymous

December 13 2009, 17:51:21 UTC 8 years ago

Is there a particular format for CVs that is preferred for grad applications? Am I supposed to list philosophy courses and grades, or can it just be degree, gpa, and work experience?

Thanks!

Re: CV

Anonymous

December 13 2009, 19:16:16 UTC 8 years ago

Browse some philosophy department websites and look for a format that you like. Whatever you do, don't make the mistake of listing areas of specialization (should be areas of interest). List all schools attended, teaching experience, awards/honors received, and philosophy classes taken. Some choose to include grades, some don't. List publications and presentations as well, if you have them. Most important, don't feel bad if your CV is only one page long!

Re: CV

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: CV

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: CV

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: CV

sadrael

8 years ago

I completed my undergraduate degree requirements from the University of Missouri back in 2004, and have spent the last five years having professional success, two children (and a wife) and attempting to grow up and learn more of the world and more importantly, myself. At the time I wasn't sure what path I would walk in my life, and after reaching an upper executive position at a major marketing firm, I resigned and decided to pursue my desires in philosophy.

This is where the challenges begin. My GPA is about 3.14, however it is much higher in the latter two years, and I have mostly A's in my Philosophy courses. I took three graduate level courses, and have an A, A- and B+ in them respectively.

I am fairly confident that I will be able to provide a top notch writing sample.

However, I have no idea how I will be able to get even a single letter of recommendation. I have begun the dialog with a number of old professors, and even though they remember me, they have had hundreds of students since. How will they be able to provide solid letters of recommendation?

This leads me to the larger question. How, in this overly competitive field, does a non-traditional student get acceptance? And isn't it foolish to create a system that inhibits those with actual experience and life-success from entering the fray? Have we really fallen so far from our philosophical roots, to forget the value and wisdom that only time and experience can bring?

Maybe I'll do a writing sample on that! But in all honesty, I am very discouraged with my chances of getting into any PhD program at this point because even with a great GRE and writing sample, the lack of letters will prevent my consideration.

Any help or guidance would be highly appreciated.
Given how competitive this process is, I'm a bit surprised that you quit your job before getting an acceptance. Most people don't even have a Plan B, and you had one of the best possible ones.
Just submitted my final application (to Cornell). My cheapest was Florida State at $35, and my most expensive was Yale at $95.

Total cost (including fees, GRE, postage, and transcripts): $1325--second largest single purchase I have made after my used pickup truck.

No one should have to apply to 15 schools to make sure they get in somewhere, but after last year's waitlist fiasco (5 waitlists out of 8 schools to which I applied, and not one funded offer), I felt like it was needed.

Who else has finished recently?
I feel your pain. I applied to 13 schools and figure the total cost was around $1100. The cost for each GRE report pissed me off more than anything.

Re: 15 apps -- Done!

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: 15 apps -- Done!

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: 15 apps -- Done!

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: 15 apps -- Done!

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: 15 apps -- Done!

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: 15 apps -- Done!

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: 15 apps -- Done!

Anonymous

8 years ago

Anonymous

December 14 2009, 22:21:13 UTC 8 years ago

Is twenty pages (5,000 words) too long for a writing sample?

Anonymous

December 14 2009, 22:27:42 UTC 8 years ago

The answer to this question is on various departmenal websites :)

Anonymous

8 years ago

designate?

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: designate?

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: designate?

Anonymous

8 years ago

Would anyone else be interested in a little moral support throughout this process? I thought we could share AIM names and talk a bit. My screenname is Wondershocked. I'm mainly interested in continental philosophy, but hoping to get some analytic perspective as well at graduate school.
Is anyone applying to Indiana University? How is the writing sample to be submitted? I can't find any useful information about this either on their website or on the online application.

Their website is also very confusing.
Leiter should include a ranking for easiest to navigate application processes. I am beginning to think that ridiculously confusing websites that require a scavenger hunt through their own pages and the graduate school website's pages to find out what to send and where to send it is a ploy to reduce applicant numbers.

Re: Indiana

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: Indiana

Anonymous

8 years ago

what's a good length for the statement of purpose? I've seen "200-500 words", and "1-2 pages, single-spaced" on different websites. So effectively, 200-1000 words! I'm at about 600 words now. Is that excessive?
Probably not, but it depends on what departments you're applying to. Some have stricter word limits than others.

Re: statement length

Anonymous

8 years ago

An application has a required section on "Research/Work experience" with the following:
"This section will capture your most relevant research experience, including, for example, a senior thesis, an independent research paper, or laboratory work."

I didn't have a senior thesis, or independent study, let alone relevant lab work! I did take a grad philosophy seminar and wrote a research paper. I also wrote a substantial research paper for a history honors course. I could enter those.

Is this probably just a graduate school requirement, something that the philosophy adcom won't even look at?
Does anyone know if, on the application, honestly listing all the other schools you're applying to affect admission prospects one way or the other?
I didn't do it. I don't think this is really a fair question to ask applicants. In any case, I don't see how it could really help your chances, but I could imagine scenarios where it might hurt your chances.

Re: Listing other schools

Anonymous

8 years ago

Re: Listing other schools

Anonymous

8 years ago

Is it a good idea to have a cover page for the writing sample, clearly stating the course for which it was written, or the supervising professor?
I don't think so. It's a touch amateur.

Your introduction should make the issue clear, and I don't see that it matters who supervised the paper.

You *might* mention it in your PS in the following way. "I have developed an interest in X. For example, in my WS, a descendant of a paper I wrote for Prof. Y, I argue Z."

But if you use "descendant," make sure you don't mistakenly write "descendent"!

Re: writing sample cover?

Anonymous

8 years ago

It's rough that I have to send my earliest versions of the WS and PS to such a highly-ranked program!
Yep! I submitted mine on December 2nd. I decided over the summer that whichever program had the earliest deadline would serve as my deadline for all programs. It worked out well, all programs I applied to (10) received exactly the same materials (except for the SOP which was customized.) Yeah, another month sure would have been nice!

Re: Anyone finishing the Rutgers app?

Anonymous

8 years ago

Anonymous

December 16 2009, 19:46:53 UTC 8 years ago

For those who applied to Rutgers, what are your areas of interest?

Mine: Moral Psychology

Anonymous

December 16 2009, 20:58:44 UTC 8 years ago

I am the anon immediately above you: mind, language, cog sci.

Based on earlier posts,
philosophette: epistemology, metaphysics, phil mind;
sadrael: Philosophy of Science, Logic, Epistemology, Early Modern. babaganouj: Philosophy of Mind (& Psych & Cog Sci) and Philosophy of Science

Anonymous

8 years ago

Rutgers was the big one yesterday, but there were some other deadlines. Anyone apply to Penn, or some others that I might not be aware of?

Anonymous

December 17 2009, 06:48:58 UTC 8 years ago

I just took the GRE on December 10, and am worried that my scores won't make it to the intended institutions in time for the deadline. Does this matter, or do they just wait till they receive everything?

Anonymous

December 17 2009, 15:43:24 UTC 8 years ago

They will notify you if anything's missing.

One of my LORs last year was two months late at a Leiterrific program, and I still got in.
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