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    Ancient Philosophy, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Modern Philosophy
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    2019 Fall
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    Ancient Philosophy Ph.D.

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  1. My guess is that, because (unfortunately, as has been noted recently) the same folks tend to get accepted to the top programs, even this year, those programs will have a relatively similar yield to usual. On the other hand, lower-ranked programs, which some applicants are in some years less keen on, might see more interest and thus higher yield.
  2. I wouldn't recommend a Philosophy PhD to anyone unless they're comfortable with the likelihood that they won't get a good academic job afterward. All this is consistent with giving the academic job market a shot, but one should have an open mind to other possibilities too, and to some extent prepare for them.
  3. Online reading courses are going to be tough to find, except the ones through universities offered for their grad students. French for Reading (Sandberg) is the most common textbook for, well, what the title says, French reading. Besides being dated (read: colonialist), it's a good book, in terms of structure and pacing. It presents all the grammar. And it's designed to be able to be worked through on one's own (though courses tend to use it also). My advice (which you should feel free to take with a grain of salt) is to pick up a book after some research on what seems best, spend
  4. It can vary even based on subtopic. I think there tends to be a bit more scholarship overall in French, so I'd probably recommend that, but it shouldn't be too difficult for you to pick up either or both if/when needed. (I did French as my second modern after German, but will likely work on Italian in a year or two.)
  5. Sadly many programs also have far lower than 10% acceptance rate... (My impression is 4-5% is also quite common even in normal years.)
  6. You got this! Many interviews are somewhat informal, and they're designed to proceed mainly like a conversation; this one sounds like it'll be of that sort. Be able to talk about your research interests, your sample, etc., and a great question to ask is what the professors' current projects are.
  7. I want to agree with the good interview advice others have offered, and add that different schools interview different numbers of people relative to how many they can accept. So an interview usually means a good shot, but it's far from an acceptance. I think(?) most Classics program do interviews, though, as has been noted, some programs admit people without interviews (including those that only interview folks they're on the fence about). One nice stock question to ask interviewers is about their current research interests. Those interests have likely changed from their published materia
  8. Not exactly answering your question, but heads-up that, based on what's been said here in previous years, programs are pretty understanding if letter writers submit late, or if there are other delays with documents (I had a delay in submission of a transcript, for instance, and had no issue). Try to get your letter writers to submit on time, of course, and remind them many times if necessary, but also don't panic. If your question is about having a third letter at all (if, say, one letter writer dropped out last minute), seems important to try to find another quickly (and explain the sit
  9. Seems like you might be best served by a funded MA program in Classics, if your still have (or can regain) the familiarity with the languages you acquired in undergrad. Otherwise a post-bac might be the only way, indeed. Age and previous PhD program experience don't seem like problems, as long; you can address in statement of purpose why you left the previous program (incl. that you realized your true passion is Classics).
  10. Also can't generalize to other schools, but my dept has a target number for next year's cohort that's one less than normal (20% reduction).
  11. Mentioning specific details about the program or professors likely won't help, but it very probably won't hurt. I recommend mentioning some details based on basic research, but no need to go too in-depth or to stress about it.
  12. @PolPhil I agree about non-PhD postgraduate programs, and how a PhD doesn't help career prospects much if one goes into one of those. On the other hand, many of those programs are expensive (e.g. law, social work, education), so a few years out of undergrad can help one figure out if one wants to spend that money, and (ideally) save a bit, though that's dependent on situation, including the factors I mention above. That's definitely unfortunate to hear you know lots of people who take out loans on top of $30,000 stipends. @Glasperlenspieler Totally agreed; that's why I included family fa
  13. "Even with a good stipend, most people come out of a PhD with PhD debt..." Do you have some evidence for this? Honest question; I'm legitimately curious. It's clear that many PhDs have debt: According to National Center for Education Statistics data, average total loan balance for PhDs not in Education increased from $48,400 to $98,800 from 2000-2016. But how is this debt distributed, particularly with reference to quality of stipend? A PhD in Philosophy certainly isn't a good financial investment. But, for many people, it's really not a bad one. We're only talking here about good s
  14. It's worth distinguishing between personal statement, and diversity statement (which as you note is only asked for by some programs. Transcipt anomalies can be accounted for in the personal statement if desired (as PolPhil mentions), but doesn't seem advisable to go into detail there. Diversity statements are not really about representation. I didn't realize that when I was applying. But a successful diversity statement is about how one approaches research/teaching/etc., not about one's own identity. Some places, where the university requires one but the department doesn't care, may not e
  15. I really have no direct experience with Classics MA programs, so hopefully others can address specific programs. I will, say, though, the standard advice on this site, that one should never pay for a Humanities MA unless one is independently wealthy (and even then maybe not). U Chicago's MAPH is notorious for being expensive. And for the others, if a program is two years, even paying for one year is going to be crazy expensive, relative to the value. I think you should absolutely do what you want, but I strongly urge you to ask yourself whether the time and money pursuing a PhD program i
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