I recently graduated with a BA in philosophy. I recently applied to many Ph.D and MA program. I feel that with philosophy as competitive as it is, my record will place me in a MA program first.
What can I do to distinguish myself in a MA program, for my later application to a PHD. My hope is for a top 20 school, in my area of interest, what special activities are looked for coming from an MA.
The following have been suggested from a variety of sources. Please advise, did I miss anything here, are any of these wrong?
Thank you for any comments you might have,
1. Maintain an good GPA
2. Publish, in both graduate and professional journals
3. Don't rely only on your own university; become involved with other nearby departments.
4. Get teaching experience. (TA, Tutoring, Teaching critical thinking)
5. Teach at a community college level (some programs allow this)
6. Gain research experience (indexing, editing etc..)
7. Directed readings in areas of study, (I'm not sure if this would
help for an MA,...
My own view is that all this is incredibly wrong-headed. Singularly missing from this list is the project of immersing yourself in philosophical texts, thinking and talking to people about those texts and the issues they raise, and developing a deeper and subtler understanding of philosophical issues. I would like to think that we still live in a world in which, if you were to do this, then the rest will sort itself out appropriately. I might be wrong - but in that case, I personally would be less interested in pursuing such a career.