The Workshop (2019)

The 2019 workshop will take place on the campus of UC-Irvine, SBSG 1517, on September 28-29 (Saturday & Sunday). For application to the workshop, please see here.

Below is the program for the 2019 workshop

Workshop ON Discovering Entrance Requirements in Philosophy

Wonder Philosophy

September 28-29, UC Irvine, SBSG 1517

Day 1

9-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-9:45 (Kino Zhao) Introduction

9:45-Noon Session 1: where to apply?

9:45-10:15 (Kino Zhao) Where to apply? Rankings and how to read them

10:15-10:35 (Stella Moon) North American programs, European programs, and Australian programs

10:35-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:05 (Stella Moon) master’s programs

11:05-11:30 (Stella Moon) Special programs: LPS/HPS programs and the Analytic/Continental divide

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00-4:00 Session 2: the application package

1:00-1:30 (Jingyi Wu) Application package overview; CV, GPA, GRE.

1:30-2:00 (Kino Zhao) Personal Statement.

2:00-2:30 (Kino Zhao) Writing Sample.

2:30-2:45 Coffee Break

2:45-3:00 (Jingyi Wu) Reference letters: who to ask and how to ask.

3:00-3:30 (Jingyi Wu) Reference letter and Writing Sample exercise.

3:30-4:00 (Jingyi Wu) Finances: how much does application cost? Resources available to help with fees.

4:00-5:00 Faculty Panel

What I look for in admission. (with Mark Fiocco, JB Manchak, Cailin O’Connor)

Day 2

9:00-10:00 Breakfast

10:00-1:00 Session 3: what does it take to get through? Money, time, climate.

10-10:30 (Jingyi Wu) The financial package.

10:30-11 (Stella Moon) Timeline of a PhD program.

11-11:30 (Stella Moon) Climate issues in professional philosophy.

11:30-1 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Session 4: job prospects of philosophy PhDs

1:00-2:00 (Kino Zhao) What types of jobs are typically pursued by philosophy PhDs?

R1, R2, LAC, CC, adjunct. Statistics on philosophy PhDs getting these jobs.

2:00-2:30 (Stella Moon) Group discussion:

What are you looking for in a grad program? What’s your dream program like? What are you most looking forward to/worried about?

2:30-2:45 Coffee Break

2:45-3:00 Feedback form

3:00-4:00 Graduate Student Panel

How to get through graduate school.

(with Adam Chin, Alysha Kassam, Chris Mitch, Darby Vickers)

4:00-4:15 closing remarks: additional resources


This project is put together with the following team:

Special thanks to:

  • Sara Obeid for helping with advertising the 2019 workshop.
  • Adam Chin, Helen Meskhidze, David Mwakima, Margaret Farrell (All at LPS) for helping with logistics of the 2019 workshop.
  • Adam Chin, Alysha Kassam (LPS), Chris Mitsch (LPS), Darby (philosophy) for sharing their experience as student panelists for the 2019 workshop.
  • Cailin O’Connor (LPS), JB Manchak (LPS), Mark Fiocco (philosophy) for sharing their perspective as faculty panelists for the 2019 workshop.

The 2019 workshop was funded by the APA’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Donor Fund and the UC-Irvine School of Social Sciences Dean’s Workshop.