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How to Apply

Successful applicants to graduate studies in Philosophy are admitted for the fall term, which begins in August. Applications for admittance to begin the program in Fall 2023 must be submitted no later than January 6th, 2023.

Applicants should have a good background in philosophy. However, an undergraduate philosophy major is not a prerequisite.


To apply, students must complete and submit an electronic application or arrange for the documents listed below to be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator 

Philosophy Department 

100 N. University Street 

West Lafayette, IN  47907-2098

Required Documents

  1. three letters of recommendation;
  2. transcripts of all prior university-level studies;
  3. GRE scores (international applicants who are not native English speakers must also submit TOEFL scores);
  4. statement of purpose;
  5. a sample of written work in philosophy.

Other Requirements

Non-degree students may be admitted for either the fall or spring term.  Such students need submit only an electronic application and either official transcripts or copies of official transcripts, but they should contact the Director of Graduate Admissions before applying.

Domestic Requirements

International Requirements

Electronic Application