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    Political philosophy; metaethics; philosophy of law; philosophy of action; normative economics
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    2020 Fall
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  1. If you have a really good excuse for your poor undergraduate grades, then spend some time explaining that. Otherwise, don't focus on your undergraduate grades. Emphasize your upward trajectory and sustained recent success in graduate school. Like everyone else applying to PhD programs, your writing sample and letters are going to be most important. It sounds like you'll have great letters (and they'll be expecting that from you, since you're already a grad student). I'm assuming that you have a good candidate for a writing sample too?
  2. I would say that the difference is that there is a wider range between the competition to get into programs worth getting into at the MA level. That is, unless you're independently wealthy, it's generally not a great idea to go to a PhD program outside of the top 30. That is, even at the lowest-ranked programs worth attending, the acceptance rate is typically ~8-12%, while at the top programs it's closer to 2-4%. For funded MA programs, on the other hand, the top programs will have acceptance rates of ~5-20% (which is already a much bigger range), but other MA programs that are maybe not 'top'
  3. I mean that the information is very unspecific. With no distinguishing information, every applicant looks the same.
  4. There's not a lot to go on here. Without any distinguishing characteristics, you look like 1000 other European applicants
  5. Simon Fraser is an amazing option. It's honestly comparable to Tufts in placement, but it's funded. UofT is worth applying to, if only because it's well funded and they have truly amazing philosophers. They recommend that international students just apply for the PhD program (direct entry), and they'll consider you for the MA as well. It's worth a shot. UBC is the second ranked graduate program in Canada, though I'm not sure about their MA placements. Like many of the other Canadian grad programs, it's likely a good quality MA. You'd for sure be able to get great recommendations so
  6. Writing sample and letters are much more important than GPA. They won't really care about your involvement in the department, conferences, or research, with the exception of a publication in a top journal. It's generally a good idea to aim for an MA after undergrad, especially if you don't think that you're in the top tier of applicants (top 5ish percent). It'll give you a better chance to get to know faculty and develop a strong writing sample. If you think that you have strong application, but perhaps not top tier, it's not a bad idea to throw in some PhD applications along with your MA appl
  7. Many Canadian programs have stronger track records than some of those listed above. That includes Simon Fraser, Queens, Western, UofToronto, University of Calgary, Concordia, etc. In the US, Texas Tech also places well
  8. At programs that require the GRE, it is very unlikely that you'd be accepted with that quant score. It's below the minimal threshold for basically any program. Luckily for you, many programs this year don't require the GRE. Even though your verbal is good, I'd recommend not sending them your score. If anything, they'll assume from your econ background that you can do math/logic. Your dissertation will be a problem, for a couple of reasons. First, I'm assuming that you plan to use it as a writing sample? Your writing sample should be a paper on which you received a straight A. Not an A-, an A.
  9. I generally agree with the commenters above. You won't get into a PhD program worth going to. Unless you're very wealthy, it's a bad move to go to a PhD program outside of the top-50ish, regardless of what kind of prof you'd like to be afterwards. That being said, you have a strong application for MA programs, and I'd bet that you'd even get funding. Given COVID, an MA might a safe option, giving you time to re-evaluate after two years and see if you're still interested in a PhD. It sounds like your exposure to philosophy has been limited, and it's important to realize that graduate and profes
  10. UPenn is not accepting applicants this year You're shooting yourself in the foot by not taking the GRE. When your grades are low, the GRE is a great opportunity to show that you are intelligent, but for some reason just couldn't make good grades in undergrad. I would highly recommend taking the GRE No analytic PhD program cares about your conference presentations or co-publications Your letters might not carry much weight, given that they're from scholars with (I'm assuming) little to no contact with the scholars at the programs to which you'll be applying If you do pro
  11. I would focus your attention on MA programs and more purely continental programs. Remember, the writing sample and letters are by far the most important part of your application. Your writing sample likely won't get you very far at an analytic program, given your chosen method. Your letters won't get you very far at most programs in general, because they're not from T or TT professors. I'm sure that they're great letters, but you'll be going up against students with 3+ strong letters from T faculty. That being said, they might pass at a continental department, because those are generally less
  12. I've never heard of people doing that. It's not recommended by any of the style guides as far as I know.
  13. Yeah that's reasonable advice. The only caveat I'd add is that I know many successful applicants who sent the same 25ish-page sample to every program. This evidence is anecdotal, for sure, but not insignificant. I appreciate the level of detail in your advice, and I'm sure others do as well.
  14. Have you actually talked to profs, people on adcoms, and successful applicants, or are you inferring this on your own? Edit: Not insinuating that you haven't. It's just that, from the conversations that I've had with these people, you're wrong. But perhaps you have better info than me!
  15. Don't worry about the length too much. Try for 15-20. Definitely don't go under 10 or over 25. Send the same length of sample to every program.
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