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    Kant, Ethics, Meta-ethics, Action Theory, Early Modern
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    2018 Fall

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  1. Kantian Heretic

    Chances of Acceptance in Philosophy MA Programs

    Hi jackb97, I am glad to hear that you have interest in UMSL. I am currently a graduate student at UMSL. One helpful note about our program is that funding is usually only given to people who take the GRE test. So if you would like to go to UMSL with funding(tuition remission and stipend), I would strongly suggest that you take the GRE. I know of someone who applied and was accepted, but because that individual didn't take the GRE, the individual was not given a full funding package. Also, in regards to the programs at San Fran and LA, there is no official funding that they will give. However, they will typically hire students to work as TAs and such, but they don't offer tuition remission packages that UMSL, NIU, Georgia state, and other programs do. Funding may not be an issue for you, but for many students including myself, funding is important. I hope this helps you, feel free to ask me specific questions about UMSL if you have any.
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    2019 Graduate Entrants

    Hello, I don't know if you have already considered these schools, but you might want to think about applying to Virginia Tech, UMSL, and NIU. I am assuming that you've already considered these schools since your tentative list looks pretty good. If not, these programs that I listed are MA terminal programs and I think they are pretty strong in moral, social, and political philosophy.
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    2019 Graduate Entrants

    That looks like a solid list!
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    2019 Graduate Entrants

    Hello Nopun, My situation was similar to yours, but I just applied. I came from a very historical-oriented undergraduate program, but I knew that I wanted to do analytic philosophy. I applied to almost all the MA programs listed in the PGR and got into a good amount of them with funding. I will be going to UMSL this Fall 2018, they are really strong in Moral philosophy and Mind. I think my AOS is Metaethics and Action theory, so UMSL is a really good fit. I think they are also pretty good in Phil of sci. If you have any questions about applying or maybe a specific MA program, feel free to ask me. I'll try my best to answer.
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    2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    Yeah, My AOI is early modern. I got the same generic waitlist e-mail from Virg. I don't really expect to get in, because I am pretty sure I am one of the last on their waitlist. My GRE was not superb, your probably ahead of me, my sample paper is what kept me afloat. But, if you want to turn them down, I would be forever in your debt...you can have my parents, my sister, my parent's house after I give you my parents, all my money...lol, I am not holding my breath for this one
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    Congratulations on getting accepted! I agree with you, no funding is basically a rejection for me too. As long as you are high on the waitlist for three schools, I would expect that you would get an offer. I am hoping it picks up within a week of April 15...
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    I have not heard from them, but it should be this week hopefully.
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    Thanks, good luck to you too!
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    I know that the PGR and the placement rate do not correlate, but I kind of use both to give me a general guidance. Oh, the 76% is just the university placement into PhD programs, some mid-level to lower level PGR schools, some I be happy to go to. Hmm, I did not know or think about your last point. I should probably see what universities do for their grad. students a year after they graduate, if they help provide temporary teaching position, thanks for the advice.
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    Haha, yeah that is crazy!!! Good luck to you too!
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    Yeah, I applied and I got rejected. Haha, I was kind of surprised since I got into more analytic programs despite my background. Though I do think that I may have slipped up on my state of purpose that I submitted to GSU. Sometimes I wonder whether some MA schools have different ways of evaluating applicants. I think that some evaluate applicants based on how locked down one is in choosing a specific area/topic, while others are more open to the idea that applicants are wanting to explore more. Or maybe my application just sucked.
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    Hi Descartes blanche, Yeah, I definitely agree with what you are saying and was thinking along the same lines of reasoning. The school that I am strongly considering is Ohio University, mainly because they have one individual that does Kant and phil. of religion-free-will and another person that does meta ethics and Action theory. My interests are all in analytic field, except I also have interest in Kant. I don't really want to go to a place where there isn't Kant, to my knowledge most of my analytic programs don't have at least one Kantian, mainly because I did so much undergrad. work in Kant like indep. study and such. I don't really want to abandon Kant since I do enjoy him and I know so much about him, if that makes sense. Also, Ohio university has according to their grad director about a 76% placement rate, but most of the schools are lower level PGR. I don't really worry too much, because if I have good GRE scores and a solid sample, I should be alright
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    Hi, Rose-Colored Dasein, I will probably turn down the PhD offer because it isn't a highly ranked PhD program and not the best fit. The problem I had when applying to grad. programs was that I came from a strongly continental background with strong interests in analytical topics. This forced me to be able to only apply to pluralistic PhD programs, half cont. half analytic. My hope is to go to a strong analytic MA so that I can then apply to some of the PhD programs I did not really have the opportunity to apply to this season.
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    Hello, I was wondering if I could ask you MA grad applicants some questions? I am also an applicant and I have recently been accepted into four MA programs(2 full funding, 2 waitlisted) and one PhD program(full funding). I am about 90% I will chose to go to one of the MA programs. 1. How are you guys choosing which MA program to go to? I think funding is what is most important, but after that? To some degree I think placement is important, but at the same time I wonder whether I could go to a MA program with weaker placement and just work really hard on my sample paper and GRE scores? The reason why I would go to a weaker placement MA program is because I think there is someone I would like to work with. Also, I am considering the possibility of taking a year off after my MA to make sure my sample paper and GRE scores are as strong as possible. 2. When is the April 15 deadline to declare? I live in the pacific time zone, so if the deadline is right up til April 16, does that mean at 11:59 pm pacific time zone or 11:59 eastern time zone, April 15? I am waitisted for funding on NIU, this is my top MA program. I really want to go here. Also what is funny, as I read some of your guys' earlier posts, I think we all have been told that we are "relatively high on the waitlist" for funding, probably relative to those who have not yet been accepted.

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