To Admit or Not Admit? The Question of Unfunded Philosophy PhD Students
Under what conditions, if any, should a graduate program in philosophy admit PhD students for whom it cannot provide funding? (more…)
Philosophy Graduate Admissions Spreadsheet 2021-22
Reminder: there’s an open-access spreadsheet all about philosophy graduate program admissions, including relevant links and information about application deadlines, fees, requirements, funding packages, and which departments (if any) have suspended admissions for the next academic year. (more…)
Philosophy Grad Programs and the GRE, 2021-22 Application Cycle
Several philosophy graduate programs had previously announced that they were either permanently, or temporarily owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, no longer requiring applicants to submit Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores. What about for this coming application cycle, for admission in 2022?
Have Philosophy PhD Programs Received More Applications for 2021?
Recently, an undergraduate applying to Ph.D. programs in philosophy wrote with an anxious query about a possible increase in the number of people doing so this year, in comparison to previous years. (more…)
Philosophy Graduate Admissions Spreadsheet
There’s an open-access spreadsheet all about philosophy graduate program admissions, including relevant links and information about application deadlines, fees, requirements, funding packages, and which departments have suspended admissions for the next academic year. (more…)
Philosophy Programs and the GRE (updated)
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be joining the ranks of those who are no longer requiring applicants to submit GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores, says Nir Ben-Moshe in a recent email. (more…)
U. Arizona Retracts Ph.D. Funding Offers to New Students Because of Pandemic (several updates)
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Arizona wrote last night to prospective students who were admitted to its Ph.D. program this season, but who had yet to accept,* to inform them that their offers of funding have been retracted owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)
Philosophy Graduate Program Application Information Spreadsheet
Someone created a useful tool for students applying to graduate programs in philosophy: an admissions and application spreadsheet.
U. Chicago Reforms PhD Programs: Lifts Limits on Funded Time, Sets Limits on Number of Students
The University of Chicago has announced several reforms to its Ph.D. programs in the humanities, social sciences, and some other fields. (more…)
Elite Philosophy PhD Programs Mostly Admit Students from Other Elite Schools (guest post by Eric Schwitzgebel)
“There are many potentially excellent philosophers from nonelite schools who are missing terrific educational and career opportunities because students from elite schools have such a large competitive advantage.”
University of Pennsylvania Philosophy Stops Requiring the GRE
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania has decided to, at least temporarily, stop requiring applicants to its PhD program to submit GRE scores, and not take them into account even if included in applications. (more…)
Applying To Programs That Previously Rejected You
A reader writes in with a question about applying to graduate programs in philosophy:
I applied to several Masters programs and PhD programs in philosophy last year, and got into a Masters program. I was wondering if you and/or your readers could answer the following question for me: when it comes time for me to apply to PhD programs again, is it alright for me t..
Students Who’ve Taken Time Off and Older Applicants to Grad Programs
A reader of Daily Nous writes in with a question about admission into graduate programs in philosophy:
Getting In Next Time (Ought Experiment)
Welcome back to Ought Experiment! Today’s letter comes from a student who just struck out on all their grad school applications, and wants to know what they can do to improve their chances next time:
I have well over a 4.0 GPA, and had great letters of recommendation from my professors. I also have published one paper in an undergrad journal. On to..
Pre-Grad School Logic Preparation
An undergraduate who is interested in pursuing graduate studies in philosophy writes in seeking advice about making up for deficits in his logic background:
I’m a student at a small liberal arts college. I have a double major in Philosophy and Literature. My school’s Philosophy program is very good at what it does, but it is limited. Among other things, there are..
Drop in Graduate Applications?
A philosopher who prefers to remain anonymous has noticed a marked drop in applications to his graduate program and is wondering whether this is part of a general trend. As such information might be useful to the profession as a whole, please consider sharing any knowledge you have regarding increases or decreases in the recent volume of applications to the PhD and ..