Again, fantastic! As you can see in the same report referenced above, we rank 15th of 190 PhD-granting philosophy programs for graduate satisfaction (measured by former PhD students recommending the program to prospective students). The secret is that we work hard to be a hospitable community focused on collaboration rather than on being cutthroat. Learn more about graduate student life.
No! Our program boasts a generous travel allowance. This accounts for the often relatively large Baylor contingent at the notable national conferences.
First, there are the curricular ways. The mandatory first-year writing workshop helps students learn the professional standards of writing for publication, as well as, e.g., how to write a revision report for submitted articles. The teaching workshop gives students a chance to think about the theoretical aspects behind teaching, as well as get practice giving lectures, facilitating discussions, creating syllabuses, and even structuring an entire major/BA program from scratch. And the historical comprehensive exams give our students a strong enough grasp to more or less be able to jump into teaching an undergraduate course on any era in the history of philosophy.
As for the extracurricular ways, there is the previously noted generous travel budget. Further, Baylor graduates enjoy weekly colloquia, where students gain experience giving papers and participating in Q&As as they help sharpen each other's works in progress. Professional philosophers visit regularly to give talks. The department will often even organize lunches or dinners so that graduates have time to interact with these visiting scholars. Graduates organize their own reading or writing groups, too. Add on top of this the professional-development resources the Baylor Graduate School has to offer.
No. Fall term is our only admission period.
The Philosophy Department at Baylor no longer offers a terminal M.A. degree. All admitted students have the option to receive an M.A. in Philosophy as the requirements are met on the path to the Ph.D.
Early January each year.
The department seeks a thorough understanding of the intellect and character of applicants. No one element of the materials included in a complete application is decisive. Nonetheless, fit with the program, recommendation letters, writing samples as well as GRE scores are important considerations for admittance.
Our most recent class had average GRE scores of 164 Verbal, 158 Quantitative, and 5.3 Analytical Writing.
Schedule a visit by emailing Dr Alexander Pruss, the Graduate Program Director: Alexander_Pruss@baylor.edu
We will subsidize a visit for admission finalists in the spring, so you may find it more economical simply to apply to our program, and then visit only if you are a finalist.