The following links provide information intended to help students considering the pursuit of a graduate education in philosophy:
Applying to graduate schools in the U.S. A very useful page from the philosophy department at the University of Glasgow. Includes: general information, advice about the Leiter report, GRE, academic references, writing samples, personal statements, CV, and more.
Law School? Some doubts about career prospects. "Is Law School a Losing Game?" New York Times, 8 January 2011
Map of Ph.D Programs. Marijo Cook, a student at LSU, created this neat map showing the location of most of the PhD programs in philosophy in the U.S. Likely to be useful for those with real geographic constraints on where they attend grad school.
Successful Academic: Professional resources for finishing your dissertation, landing a faculty position and getting tenure.
A great page for students already in the dissertation process »
There are a couple of sites which have evaluated a variety of graduate philosophy programs. Because guides often include oversights and complete omissions of excellent programs, students are highly advised to consult with us before making any final application choices.
The APA Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy is here.
The SPEP Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy is here.
The Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy (TPGP), available here.
Philosophical Gourmet Report, available here.
On Academic Culture and Ethics
Bok, Derek. Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the Modern University. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1982
Cahn, Steven M. Ethics in Academia: Saints and Scamps, Revised Edition. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1994.
Cahn, Steven M. Editor. Morality, Responsibility, and The University: Studies in Academic Ethics. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1990.
Jacoby, Russell. The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe. New York: The Noonday Press. 1987
A History of Philosophy in America 1720–2000. Oxford: Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press. 2001
kie, Peter J. A Professor’s Duties: Ethical Issues in College Teaching. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1994.
Books on the Academic Career Path (including teaching and research)
ufis, Christina, Victoria C. Olsen Editors. On The Market: Surviving the Academic Job Search. New York: Riverhead Books. 1997.
Brinkley, Alan, Betty Dessants, Michael Flamm, Cynthia Flemming, Charles Forcey, Eric Rothschild. The Chicago Handbook for Teachers: A Practical Guide to the College Classroom. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1999
Cahn, Steven and Simpson, Catherine. From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor. Columbia University Press. 2008
Goldsmith, John A., John Komlos, Penny Schine Gold. The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School through Tenure. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2001
Books on Academic Writing and Publishing
mano, William. Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2001.
Hoffman, Eric Editor. Guidebook for Publishing Philosophy. Bowling Green: The Philosophy Documentation Center. 1997
Luey, Beth. Handbook for Academic Authors, Revised Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1991
bian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Fifth Edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1982.
Vaughn, Lewis. Writing Philosophy: A Student’s Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays. New York: Oxford University Press. 2006.
"So You Want to Go to Grad School?" (CHE, June 6, 2003)
"If You Must Go to Grad School..." (CHE, July 18, 2003)
The Ph.D. Glut Revisited by Gary North is rather depressing.
Plan when you graduate...(J. Stanley) is a more optomistic blog post about the job market for philosophy grads.
Why You Can't Trust Letters of Recommendation (CHE)
Helpful blog entries on going to grad school, some from professors.
The Grad Cafe. Interesting forum for those already in grad school.