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  1. This is excellent. Great job. I made basically the same thing for the 18 schools I applied to. Other things I included were: Writing sample requirements (or restrictions) Personal statement requirements (or restrictions) CV or resume required (distinct from the application) Basic funding package (full, partial tuition remission; full, partial, or no student fees; etc.) Acceptance rate (expressed as a percentage of applicants, and as a matter of cohort size) I realize these are not all important to everyone, but it'd be good to have some of these.
  2. As always, @maxhgns gives solid advice. Some other strategies you can pursue: PGR: Consider the well-known (and legitimately criticized) Philosophical Gourmet Report: https://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/theory-of-value/ It has rankings in phil art. You can look at this short list to see whether there are any that seem of interest to you. A collaborative document that describes aesthetics, specialties, MA vs PhD, etc. all organized on a table. You can search pretty easy for key terms you want, like "music" https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dMZqI6k0Pf8m124lncWNHaEIOJaVfJaC2ITJnpw_4pE/edit Third, you may want to check out papers and authors on PhilPapers and see where these authors are stationed. https://philpapers.org/browse/philosophy-of-music This last option will be the most time consuming. But perhaps you want to just keep this in your back pocket, so that when you are researching and reading up on specific papers or arguments, you can pay attention to where they are.
  3. This. Or rather, these. I should also say, good luck on learning Greek! We need more translators and more linguistically-competent philosophers. I hope that it serves you for years to come!
  4. It definitely trends that way, but I have heard of people being turned down from Baylor but being accepted at Brown. If you want to know selectivity, see that school's FAQ. If you're thinking about acceptance rate (%), or if you're thinking of the "how many do they accept" (#), you might find one stat better information than the other. For example, they might say that they get 250 apps and make offers to 10, with an expected class of 5 or 6.
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    Might want to consult this list. It's not very authoritative. But it's the most authoritative we have for now. https://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/theory-of-value/
  6. Go for it. See if you can find a student who is working on your POI's AOS. They would certainly know why (or why not to) have that POI on their committee. Retirement would be front and center if they know the POI.
  7. It seems to me that there probably isn't funding for MA students except in special circumstances. https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/mcas/departments/theology/graduate/current-grads/resources.html#funding On the Mammon List there are some opportunities grad students can apply for. There is funding for PhD students, though: https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/mcas/departments/theology/graduate/ph-d-.html https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/schools/cas_sites/theology/pdf/Teaching Assistant Guidelines.pdf You may want to ask the director of graduate admissions about funding opportunities for MA's. My guess is that you should have low expectations. Not because BC is bad, but because funded MA's are rare at PhD granting programs.
  8. Agreeing with Hector here. I can see wanting to take electives at an online program, but why would you take your major --especially in the Humanities-- at an online program?
  9. E.g. I worked with a pilot Ethics Bowl, and my research interests are in applied ethics and philosophy of education E.g. I worked with advocacy groups for minority inclusion, and my research interests are in political philosophy and economics E.g. I have been a long time backpacker and wilderness tour guide, and my research ethics are philosophy of biology and philosophy of science
  10. I am happy to help. Honestly, I wouldn't know. My impression has been that a thesis would matter a lot, but professors I've spoken with about this think that it isn't necessary or very important. For me, I went to a terminal MA that didn't require a thesis, and I didn't elect to do the thesis option. I didn't get into a well-ranked PhD program, but I wouldn't blame that on my program. Many of my peers who didn't do an MA thesis got offers from really, really good schools.
  11. Here seem to be common bioethics MAs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_masters_programs_in_bioethics#United_States[51] The two programs you mentioned are on that list. Another way to go about this is to consult the list of funded MAs in philosophy, created by Geoff Pynn https://www.academia.edu/9666729/Funded_MA_Programs_in_Philosophy (also attached, in case you don't have Academia.edu account) ....and then look at some of the programs that sound enticing whether they have two or three faculty who do bioethics as a research interest (specialty ideally, competence minimum). @hector549 gave some great advice. One thing I want to emphasize is that you need to discern whether you're going for a specialization in ethics under the umbrella of "Medical Humanities". For example, this conference https://wmich.edu/medicalhumanities/events/conference2019 ... If you see past programs in the archive, you'll notice that the speakers include a blend of doctors, philosophers, counselors, nurses, etc. who have an eye toward reforming policies and being sensitive to the impact of new technologies (https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u755/2018/2018_Conference_Program_1.pdf). Most people there, though, are philosophically interested, but not formally trained in philosophy as a rigorous enterprise. That is, they find the topics important and urgent, but many don't necessarily know how to separate the critical questions out and untangle the issues with nuance you expect for philosophy at a graduate level. Still a good venue. Still a good network. Just pointing out a difference. Funded_MA_Programs_in_Philosophy.pdf
  12. Congrats! I hope you love it there!
  13. Western Michigan University has two people who do epistemology. Tim McGrew -- formal epistemology, bayesian epistemology, applied probability, historical philosophy of science (he's an internalist) https://philpeople.org/profiles/timothy-mcgrew-1 Marc Alspector-Kelly -- contemporary philosophy of science, epistemic closure (he denies it!), safety/sensitivity conditions, and so on (he's an externalist) http://homepages.wmich.edu/~malspect/
  14. Yes. Prioritize the sample. Send it to people who will tear it to shreds with critical feedback. Then fix all of the things they mention (even the minutia you don't care about), so it will emerge a brightly burning phoenix, about which the admission committee will carry on an oral tradition.
  15. Thanks! This looks like a helpful route. I am not trying to land a teaching gig this new academic year, I'm just thinking about future cycles (I should be done with my PhD in three years) and when I get close to finishing I want to have something lined up. So, I'm not worried about the current hiring season. I'll look into NAIS! This is good to know. Can you say more? I posted some stuff for NY state. Is that basically the same, or do you have something different in mind?
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