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Careers & Graduate Schools - Helpful Links for Applying to Graduate School

Should I go to grad school in philosophy? (a pessimistic, but worthwhile assessment by Michael Humeur, prof at Colorado)


The APA Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy (doctoral and master’s)*

(this list of programs is a good source, but has some significant omissions and errors.)


Applying to PhD programs in Philosophy (by an admissions director at UC Riverside)


Graduate School in Philosophy (link opens a PDF. Details on application and admissions process by Tennessee grad student Trevor Hedburg)


Excellent list of links from Rochester Institute of Technology


“Is there a GRE “cutoff?” No, but a low GRE score (lower than 1250 with a 5.0 on the analytical writing section) will have to be compensated for by excellent grades and writing sample and letters. Click the link for lots of comments from admissions directors regarding how they sift through applications.


Rankings of grad programs:


Philosophical Gourmet Report


Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (continental focused)




GRE registration


Resources to study for the GRE


How to obtain your UM official Transcript


Placement records of philosophy graduate programs.


Timeline and cost:


Sept.: Research and select 8-10 programs

Oct.: Take the GRE, ask for letters of recommendation, select writing sample (and a professor to help you polish it), refine list of programs

Nov.: Retake GRE, work on writing sample, request official transcripts, draft personal statement

Dec.:  Finish personal statement and writing sample, apply to schools with mid-Dec and early Jan deadlines


Cost: GRE $150, each application: $30-100


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