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Admission Requirements

For full admission, students must have the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy or its satisfactory equivalent.
  • Students entering with a master's degree may be given credit for their previous studies.
  • Previous academic work must present clear evidence of the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the doctoral program.
  • Students who did not major in Philosophy may be admitted conditionally, with the requirement that they complete certain undergraduate courses or directed study before being fully admitted into the program.

The deadline for all applications to the graduate program is Friday, January 4, 2019, for admission in Fall 2019. However, to ensure that applications receive the fullest attention, all applicants are encouraged to submit their complete applications as early as possible. Admissions for all applicants are for the fall quarter 2019 only.

All applications are processed through the Graduate Admissions Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Inquiries concerning the application process should be directed to Graduate Admissions at 773.325.7315 or toll free 1.800.4DEPAUL (outside Illinois). Or, send an e-mail to GradDePaul@depaul.edu.

Applications should be made through our online application portal.

Applications for both the MA/PhD and PhD programs must include the following:

  1. A completed Online University Graduate Application including $40 application fee.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous academic work.

    DePaul University may require that students with bachelor's or master's degrees earned outside of the U.S. submit official educational credentials and evaluation fee to one of the companies listed below. In these cases, a general evaluation verifying the degree and the U.S. grade point average equivalent is sufficient. Students with degrees from Canadian universities should contact the office of graduate admission (GradDePaul@depaul.edu) for information about the credential evaluation.

    One Earth International Credential Evaluation
    Education Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    Educational Perspectives (EP)

    Students will be informed as quickly as possible if this step will be required. If it is, please contact the evaluation company for information on payments, fees, and timelines.

    After receiving your credentials, the company you have chosen will submit their general evaluation directly to DePaul along with certified copies of the credentials you submitted for evaluation. These documents will be used for your admission review—please do not submit any educational credentials directly to DePaul University.

    The required documents vary based on the country in which a degree was earned. Please visit the International Admission website for specific documentation and instructions for your country of education.

  3. Graduate Records Examination general aptitude (analytical writing, verbal and quantitative) scores. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant's work. Recommenders can submit their letters through the online application or directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Electronic copies will be accepted if they are sent to GradDePaul@depaul.edu from the recommender's university email address. No accompanying form is required.
  5. A personal statement indicating why the applicant desires to pursue graduate work in this program, including areas of proposed research.  Electronic copies should be sent to GradDePaul@depaul.edu.
  6. A writing sample (e.g., a term paper, seminar paper, senior thesis, or MA thesis or portion thereof). A standard writing sample is 15-20 pages long (3750-5000 words). Electronic copies should be sent to GradDePaul@depaul.edu.
  7. Proof of English proficiency (required for all students educated outside of the U.S. at a non-English speaking institution). The minimum requirement is a TOEFL score of 80 (ibt)—with all section scores at 17 or better—or a 6.5 on the IELTS. The Philosophy program prefers to see scores of 96 (ibt) with all section scores at 22 or better—or a 7.5 on the IELTS. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.

To be considered for admission in the following academic year all materials must be received by Friday, January 4, 2019.

If you wish to be considered for a Teaching Fellowship with tuition waivers and stipend of $22,000 and a $3,000/year subsidy to help defray cost of living expenses such as the purchase of health insurance, rent, or other out of pocket expenditures, you must apply to the MA/PhD program (even if you do not yet have an MA).

We only in extraordinary circumstances accept a student to do a terminal MA degree, for instance if the student has external funding from the Fulbright or other such fellowship-providing institutions.

Most years, DePaul University will be closed from the end of business day before Christmas Eve until the beginning of the business day on January 2. Please do not send materials via UPS, Fed Ex or any other courier service during this Holiday break. It is best to send via regular mail or wait until the University reopens on January 2 at which time UPS, Fed Ex and other courier services can delivery without difficulty.

Do not send your application materials directly to the Philosophy Department.

Select applicants will be invited by the graduate director to visit campus in early March. The first round of offers of admission and funding are generally made in early February, though a waitlist is also compiled at that time and final offers may be made as late as April. If you have not heard concerning your application by the end of March, you may contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy, Professor Sean D. Kirkland, at skirkla1@depaul.edu ffor further information. Specific inquiries concerning the graduate programs should be addressed to him as well.

Learn more about Graduate Admission.


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If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the LAS Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or graddepaul@depaul.edu.


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