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How to Apply

The only way to apply for Admission and Financial Aid is by filling out an online application, which can be accessed via the following linked website from The Graduate School at Northwestern.

Click Here to apply

The online application for the 2019-20 academic year is closed as of January 4, 2020.

The online application for the 2020-21 academic year will be available sometime in September 2020.  All application materials are submitted via the online application system, CollegeNet. Your application and all supplemental materials must be received by January 4, 2021.


The Department of Philosophy requires the following supplemental materials:

The following supplemental materials are optional, but not required:

     * The department provides a holistic review for each application.  For those applicants who choose to submit GRE scores, these count as simply one data point among many.  They are not used to filter out any applications.  The absence of GRE scores in an applicant's dossier has no negative impact; when GRE scores are not submitted, the applicant will be assessed entirely on the basis of the required materials.


If you have any questions about the graduate application process that cannot be answered by consulting the Department of Philosophy website or The Graduate School's Admissions website, please feel free to email us at:


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