Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Researching and Applying for Graduate Programs in Philosophy

Do something impressive before you apply.

Everyone who applies to graduate school is smart, has good grades, and loves philosophy. You must do something to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. Academic honors helps; so does the academic prestige of your undergraduate institution.

Look for resume building opportunities. Do an honors project or write an honors thesis. Work as an undergraduate teaching assistant. Or work with a professor as a research assistant. Serve as an officer in your student philosophy club. Present a paper at a philosophy conference. Publish an article. Any of these things will help your application stand out from your competition.

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