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Philosophy and Literature

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 and Literature. 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 uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections 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 10 December 1 May 1
International January 10 October 15 March 15

The first round of admission and funding will begin after January 10. Complete your application by January 10.

Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Elsa Schirmer
Phone: (765) 496-9629
E-mail: eschirme@purdue.edu
Daniel W. Smith, Director
Purdue University
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN. 47907-2067
smith132@purdue.edu

Completing the application:
Applicants for the special Ph.D. programs in English and Philosophy are required to have a Master's Degree in either English, Philosophy or a foreign language for admission.

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    • Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 80 
      • With the following minimum section requirements: 
        • Reading: 19 
        • Listening: 14 
        • Speaking: 18 
        • Writing: 18
  • Minimum Paper-Delivered Test
    • No overall score reported
      • With the following minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    • Minimum overall score required: 6.5
      • With the following minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0
        • Writing: 5.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE):
    • No longer accepted

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.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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