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  1. Thanks, Olórin, I really appreciate your feedback!
  2. Hi All, I have a question about University of Southern California's GRE deferral. I am a master's student and already have GRE scores, but they are not good and I was planning on retaking the GRE to (hopefully) raise those scores, but because of the pandemic I decided not to retake the GRE. USC made it optional to submit scores, but requires scores to be submitted by the end of the first semester if an applicant is admitted. I would like to apply to USC, but I don't want to throw away money if they will throw out my application because I already have GRE scores and did not submit them. S
  3. Hi Kirad, I'm probably not the best person to give advice here, but if you really want to study philosophy and feel like you might not have the application to get into a Ph.D. program, you should definitely apply to M.A. programs. Getting into a terminal M.A. program is easier than a Ph.D. program, and it can be a great place to kick start your studies. Look into funded M.A. programs and you might find a place that has your interests.
  4. Thanks for the link, @somethingwitty. I did some digging and found that the English department at UPenn has a similar notice on their webpage; they are not accepting applications due to the School of Arts and Sciences' decision to postpone Ph.D admissions this cycle. https://www.english.upenn.edu/graduate/admissions Seems like the philosophy department hasn't got around to updating their webpage. I'll go put on my sad face now. But thank you for the link to the google doc, super helpful!
  5. Is UPenn not accepting applications? I don't see any information on their philosophy website that indicates they are not accepting applications this cycle. But if I'm wrong please reply with a link so I can verify and I'll make sure to put on my sad face (It's one of the schools I want to apply to).
  6. Thanks everybody for the help, I'll be sure to check for unnecessary argumentative burdens and get a few professors' help!
  7. Hi all, I have noticed that programs vary in their maximum page length for the writing sample. Some programs recommend a length between 10-15 pages, while others 15-20 pages, or 20-25 pages, and still yet others with no maximum length but recommend around 20 pages. I understand that as a general rule of thumb the writing sample should be around 15-20 pages, and generally no more than 20 pages. Admissions committees just simply don't have the time to read samples much longer, and a tighter writing sample is more impressive (15-20 pages). https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/bernhardnic
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