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Philosophy Part 2

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Someone mentioned Stanford, but are there other MA programs with deadlines that have not yet passed?
Georgia State has an April 15 deadline, but a March 15 deadline for their better scholarships and fellowships.

Duquesne

Anonymous

March 7 2009, 05:43:31 UTC 9 years ago

I know that Duquesne hasn't been mentioned here much...but I'm just wondering if anyone has heard anything.

USC

Anonymous

March 7 2009, 06:25:56 UTC 9 years ago

hello,

For those admitted to USC, could I get a sense of your stats? I'm hoping to apply there next year and am quite curious what an admit profile would look like. A most helpful reply would include the writing sample topic, though obviously I understand if one is hesitant to post things like that.

thanks!

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Anonymous

March 7 2009, 08:12:42 UTC 9 years ago

AB from Harvard in Philosophy, Math, and German (triple major) 3.9 overall/4.0 philosophy; 1590/6.0 GRE; writing sample to be published in Phil Review this fall; letters from Parfit, Scanlon, Korsgaard, Putnam, and God.

(Note: I was waitlisted.)

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MBTI Poll

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March 7 2009, 08:29:44 UTC 9 years ago

What's your type? I'm guessing that the vast majority of us will be INTP/J. I'll start.


INTJ


(What is this all about?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbti (There are links to test yourself at the bottom.))
I'm a definite INTP. :3

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With future rejection looming, I'm trying to find ways to get my head around it. One is to come up with a Plan B.
I was wondering if anyone here might have any information that would be helpful to me. I'm currently a High School Physics teacher (joint degree with Philosophy) and doing an MA part time in Philosophy which I will finish this year. What are the chances of my gaining employment as an adjunct teacher with just an MA in Philosophy? I would be looking to do this to gain relevant experience and to do part of what I want to do (teach Philosophy at University level) while I reapply to PhD programs (with a much more polished writing sample in hand).

Any ideas or suggestions?
Some people teach with just the BPhil (equivalent to an American Master's), so you should be able to teach with just an MA. Unless there's an unfounded bias in favor of the BPhil over the MA, which I suspect there is.
Had I known I will be doing philosophy four years ago, I'd have gone to NYU instead. They offered financial aid too!
It's an interesting question whether going to an undergrad school with a strong philosophy department is better than going to a better-ranked undergrad school with a weaker philosophy department. Leiter recommends choosing a school that's strong for undergrad overall, but on the other hand, wouldn't your letters carry a lot more weigh if they were from famous philosophers? For example, would it be better to go to Rutgers or Washington University in St. Louis for undergrad? One's got a stronger phil dept but is weaker overall for undergrad, while the other has a waker phil dept but is stronger overall for undergrad.

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9 years ago

Anyone have a *general* idea of how long wait-lists are at top-20 programs (I know it differs for each school, but maybe there is some consensus)?

I'm wait-listed at one I really want to attend, and I would like to know how many people I will have to kill before April 15 [joking, obviously]. The school said the list was "short" but I don't know what that means (3, 5, 8?).

Any insight would be appreciated.
Nope! Not joking! The FBI has been notified of this page and will probably track you down by your IP address.

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Anonymous

March 7 2009, 16:19:26 UTC 9 years ago

i know for a fact one top 25 school had a waitlist that went to about 15, but apparently even that length can be exhausted. hard to understand really

Anonymous

March 7 2009, 17:57:02 UTC 9 years ago

Is that school named Michigan?

Anonymous

9 years ago

I've had several people not specifically familiar with the way philosophy admissions work suggest to me that I should write letters to departments that I am interested in that I have been waitlisted at. Is this a good idea? I don't have anything to update them on as far as my resume/grades/GREs go so I don't really know what I would say other than that I am still very interested in going. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I'm sure they believe they've given you all the information you need. I wouldn't recommend writing.

We saw a very few number of acceptances, I was sort of expecting more action from CUNY this year...
No rejection here--I would suspect no one has been rejected yet, because generally at schools of CUNY's caliber the grad cafe gets flooded once rejections go out.

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Does anyone have any thoughts on the quality of Cornell's program?
It's the greatest program ever. Also, it's in Ithaca.

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Anyone have info on when these will go out? Not holding out much hope for a waitlist, but at this point even being notified of rejection would be fine, just to have this whole process of hearing back officially over and done with.
I know someone who has been wait-listed.
It's now looking that my top two offers will be from a mid-ranked Ph.D. program (Leiter 20-30 in the U.S.) and Tufts' M.A. My impression is that Tufts is quite strong, and its placement record indicates this. There certainly are people at both schools with whom I would like to work.

That said, I also sent to a few long-shot schools (Pitt, Michigan, and the like) and probably would stand a much better shot with a Tufts M.A. But it's very much a gamble, and the finances of the Tufts offer almost certainly will not be nearly as good.

Anybody been in a similar spot? I question the intelligence of jeopardizing a very strong Ph.D. offer for a 'risky' M.A. I wouldn't consider it if it weren't Tufts. (Even then, Tufts' placement indicates many students wind up at comparably ranked, or worse-ranked, schools, so it's not even sure I would stand to improve my situation two years down the road. The program's size also somewhat deters me. But I know Tufts has a strong reputation and cannot help but take it seriously for that reason alone.)
You should ask yourself: what will I achieve at a #10 school that I won't at a #25 school? If you can go to the #25, get a job afterwards, and learn how to do good work, why would you take the risk? Besides, by the time you graduate, your #10 might fall to #18 and so forth.

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Anonymous

9 years ago

To everyone out there with an offer from Indiana:

What other options are you currently looking at?

Do you think you will accept the Indiana offer? Or is it likely that you will turn it down?

I ask because I am on the wait list at Indiana. It is my top choice out of programs that are still in play for me.

(BTW, I've been accepted at Florida State and Michigan State. So, if someone would be kind enough to open up a spot for me at Indiana, I'll be able to return the favor at Florida State and Michigan State. Also, I haven't heard from John Hopkins yet, but I will immediately pull my application from there if I get into Indiana.)

-N.b.e
Hey, were you at the FSU visit weekend? I ask because I was. If so, what did you think?
I got a letter in the mail telling me I am a "finalist" on the wait list. It makes me feel like I've already won something!

-r
just wait until they bring you that giant check...so you can live in New York and all.

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9 years ago