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Philosophy ranks high nationally

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 16 - January 16, 1997

The 1996-97 edition of The Philosophical Gourmet Report ranks the philosophy master of arts program at Virginia Tech in a tie for second out of 76 master's programs nation-wide.

The report, a ranking of United States graduate programs in analytic philosophy, is primarily concerned with Ph.D. programs and weighs faculty strength most heavily. Its ranking of the top 45 programs contains 44 Ph.D. programs and a single M.A.-only program (Tufts University).

A supplementary list of 12 "also-notable" programs contains 10 more Ph.D. programs and two M.A. programs, one at Virginia Tech and the other at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. A later discussion restricted to M.A. programs adds three more, for a total of six master's programs ranked by the report.

"Of the 114 Ph.D. programs in the country, 60 did not make it into the listing," said Harlan Miller, professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech. "Of the 76 philosophy programs that offer a master's as the highest degree, 70 are not listed."

The Philosophical Gourmet Report is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/philo/leiter.