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  1. @PolPhil Thank you! I hadn't considered Canadian universities but am looking into them now. SFU in particular looks to have a great placement record. Do you think UofToronto's MA program is worth applying to for international students given that domestic applicants are given high priority? Also, do you know much about the University of British Columbia's MA program? I couldn't find their placement data for MA graduates, only for PhD graduates.
  2. Obviously "top" or "best" are somewhat subjective and unfairly dissolve many important factors that should be considered when applying to schools and deciding where to go. But like many MA applicants, my primary aspiration is to attend a university with a strong placement record for PhD programs, particularly in recent years. So by "best", I suppose I'm asking mostly about schools with the most promising placement records, given that this seems to be one of the more consequential factors for MA students interested in going on to a PhD in Philosophy and who are deciding which terminal MA progra
  3. @Glasperlenspieler This is super useful advice, thank you! I hadn't considered explicitly motivating these positions in relation to my argument, apart from merely describing where they lead, but your advice made me notice that they did seem rather random/arbitrary as written.
  4. I have a question about the writing sample, but considered that it need not merit an entire thread. So I thought I'd make a thread for anyone to ask whatever questions they might have about the writing sample, in case others are able to answer (if this already exists and I simply didn't see it, feel free to point me there). My question is: I'm writing an applied ethics paper, but one that also discusses a bit of normative ethics and metaethics. The paper is unfinished but already too long, and I'm wondering how appropriate it is to simply state certain metaethical and normative assumption
  5. Also, what would "early" mean for MA admissions? Tufts just opened up their application for 2021, with a deadline of January 15th. Is it wise to submit as early as possible?
  6. I'm in the early stages of writing my Writing Sample for admission to top MA programs, and am looking for successful examples of quality writing samples, or philosophy papers that would succeed as writing samples. My AOI is ethics (metaethics and applied ethics) and political philosophy, but because I am also seeking general guidelines with respect to format, language use, organization, etc., an example from any area of philosophy would be extremely helpful. I'm also wondering if it would be wise to model my writing sample after published papers in my AOI. Meta question: I've seen little
  7. Yeah, I've looked into it more and it seems that only NIU accepts the LSAT in place of the GRE, and even then they recommend that everyone have a GRE score. There was another school that also doesn't require GRE scores (forget which one) but also recommends it. Looks like I'd better start studying!
  8. I took the LSAT with the intention of going to law school, but have since decided that I want to pursue an MA (and then PhD) in Philosophy. Are there any top MA programs (GSU, NIU, UWM, etc.) that accept an LSAT score in lieu of GRE scores? I'm betting it will still be wise to take the GRE regardless, as most schools I'll want to apply to will not accept LSAT scores, but maybe I'm wrong about that.
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