How to Apply

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 2017-2018 year will be available September 6, 2017. Please note that all application materials are now submitted via the online application system, CollegeNet. Your application and all supplemental materials must be received by December 31.

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 submission of official (bearing the registrar's signature and/or the institution's seal) transcripts.
  • At least three letters of recommendation. The recommendation form is available as part of the online application and is sent directly to the letter writers 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.