May I be admitted to the program without receiving financial aid?
If I'm accepted, may I wait until winter or spring to begin graduate study?
Do you have a master's degree program?
If I don't receive a University fellowship, may I get a teaching assistantship?
How can I get more information about the Department of Philosophy?
A. The only way to apply for Admission and Financial Aid is ON-LINE through the following linked site from The Graduate School at Northwestern . The on-line application for the 2013-2014 year will be available September 2, 2013. Please note that all application materials are now submitted via the online application system, Apply Yourself.
The Department of Philosophy requires the following supplemental materials:
- Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. This means that students working toward a master's degree at another institution should submit transcripts of all undergraduate work as well as transcripts of all graduate work completed at the time of filing the application. The department accepts the uploading of unofficial transcripts when you apply. Once accepted into the program, The Graduate School will require the submittal of official (bearing the registrar's signature and/or the institution's seal) transcripts.
- At least two letters of recommendation (more are acceptable and, if you have access, encouraged). The recommendation form is available as part of the online application and are sent directly to the admissions office through the online application system. Prior to requesting that your providers complete the recommendation online, be sure to check with them to ensure they have a personal email address and access to the Web.
- Statement of Purpose - The statement should not exceed 5,000 characters.
- Writing Sample - 10-20 pages.
- GRE Scores - Official scores must be less than five years old and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institutional code assigned to The Graduate School at Northwestern is 1565.
- TOEFL Scores are required for applicants who are not native English speakers. (This requirement will be waived for those who have completed four years as an undergraduate, or two years as an MA student, in an institution where all instruction is conducted in English). Official scores must be less than two years old and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institutional code assigned to The Graduate School at Northwestern is 1565. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 577 for the paper-based test and 233 for the computer-based test. The minimum score required for the iBT TOEFL is 90. The Graduate School will accept the results of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as a substitute for the TOEFL, with a floor of 7.0. For information regarding the internet based TOEFL exam and an explanation of the exam, please consult http://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/admission/requirements/test-scores/index.html.
A. Your application and all supplemental materials must be received by December 31.
A. There is a limited number of application fee waivers available through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s (CIC) FreeApp program. The priority deadline for application waivers is November 15. For questions about this program, please contact Penny Warren, coordinator of Multicultural Affairs. The application fee for 2013-14 is $95.
A: No. We only need one copy of your Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample, CV, and Diversity Statement (if applicable). There is no need to send a duplicate copy.
A. No. All admitted students receive funding in the form of two years of fellowship (usually taken in the first and fifth years of graduate study) and three years of TA support (9-month stipend plus tuition waiver, usually taken in years 2-4). This amounts to 5 years of guaranteed support, contingent on satisfactory progress in the program, with a sixth year of TA support typically available (though not guaranteed). We also offer summer grants for continuing students in years 2-4 who are in good standing, to help them continue their research or obtain language instruction.
A. No. Entering graduate students must begin their studies in the fall quarter.
A. No. The department does not offer a terminal Master's Degree. You may, however, be awarded a Master's Degree en route to the Ph.D. Students who have completed two years of course work and satisfied the department's logic requirement are eligible for a Master's Degree.
A. Teaching assistantships are awarded only to second-, third-, and fourth-year graduate students in good standing. Often such support is available to fifth-year students as well.
A. Complete information about the department is available on this website. There is no other brochure or catalog produced by the department at this time. If you have questions that were not addressed in this site, write to the Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Kresge Hall Room 2-335, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208-2214, phone 847-491-3656, send a fax to 847-491-2547, or e-mail the department at email@example.com.
The Philosophy Department welcomes in winter quarter visiting Professor Christoph Menke (Goethe University, Frankfurt) . Professor Menke's visit is sponsored by the Departments of German, Philosophy and Political Science, and the Max Kade Foundation. While at Northwestern, he is teaching undergraduate and graduate classes.
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