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Philosophy

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Philosophy. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 2 December 1 No entry
International January 2 December 1 No entry


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
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Name: Brenda Pickett 
Phone: (765) 494-4276
E-mail: bpicket@purdue.edu
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Philosophy
Purdue University
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
USA

Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

In addition to meeting the same requirements as domestic students (stated here), international applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit valid scores for one of the following three tests for English proficiency: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores must be received by Purdue directly from the testing organization and must be no more than two years old at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School (normally about two months after the January 2nd admission deadline). The minimum scores required for admission are an overall score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT, an overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS, or an overall score of 68 on the PTE Academic. This requirement applies both to applications for admission to the M.A. program and to applications for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score has been set

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 7.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 68 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required, but recommended

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Not required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Not required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 7.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 68 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Required

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.