Here is a really interesting ranking of graduate programs in philosophy based on placement. Now it’s worth noting that this is based on the self-reported information that folks post on Leiter’s blog regarding hiring– but still, it’s interesting, and perhaps worth keeping in mind when you think about where to apply.
I thought it might be useful for prospective graduate philosophy applicants if someone put together a place where they could find some of the resources others are using, so here it is (well, here it is in progress). I suspect any one who finds this has already found at least some of these resources on their own, but it might be helpful to have a place where we can put the links all together.
Be sure to check out the other pages listed in the column to the right (that’s where most of the information is).
There are a number of factors you’ll want to consider, and this is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some things to think about:
Funding. Getting a PhD isn’t going to have the same sort of financial return as e.g., an MBA would. In fact, I strongly suspect that many philosophers could make more money if they worked in a different field. In the current job market (here’s hoping it changes soon!) this should be an even bigger concern since there may not be a job for you at the end of the tunnel. So with that in mind, better funding should count in favor of an offer. And don’t forget to compare costs of living (helpful website for that, here).