Application FAQ

Q. What is the deadline?

A. Your application and all supplemental materials must be received by December 31.

Q. What is the deadline for an application fee waiver?

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 2015-16 is $95.

Q: After I've uploaded my supplemental materials online, do I need to send them in the mail as well?

A: No. We need only one copy of your Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample, CV, and Diversity Statement (if applicable). There is no need to send a duplicate copy.

Q. May I be admitted to the program without receiving financial aid?

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.

Q. If I'm accepted, may I wait until winter or spring to begin graduate study?

A. No. Entering graduate students must begin their studies in the fall quarter.

Q. Do you have a master's degree program?

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. A Master’s Degree in Philosophy will be awarded to students who have: (A) completed two years of course work, (B) passed both proseminars, (C) received passing grades in courses that satisfy the Department’s distribution requirements, (D) satisfied the Department’s logic requirement, and (E) made up all incomplete grades.  A student who has satisfied all of these requirements except (B), having passed the first-year seminar but not the second, may receive a Master’s Degree upon successful revision of the proseminar paper or the writing of a new and superior paper (on a topic appropriate to the proseminar and acceptable to the Department).

Q. If I don't receive a University fellowship, may I get a teaching assistantship?

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.

Q. How can I get more information about the Department of Philosophy?

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, Crowe 1-141, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208-2214, phone 847-491-3656, send a fax to 847-491-2547, or e-mail the department at