Graduate Programs Admission Requirements

Domestic Applicants

Applicants are expected to have done good work in philosophy at the undergraduate level. They should have completed work equivalent to that required by the Purdue Philosophy Department of its majors, including a good background in the history of philosophy and at least one course in symbolic logic. They also should have a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. Qualified applicants lacking some of these prerequisites may be admitted with the requirement that they take enough additional work during their first and second semesters in residence to fulfill these prerequisites. 

Doctoral Degree Program

    • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.4 or equivalent required.
    • Master's Degree Completion: Not required. 
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score set.
      • In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Philosophy at Purdue will not require GRE test scores from students applying for admission in the Fall 2021 semester. (GRE scores may still be submitted, optionally, by applicants who desire to do so.)

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the same requirements as domestic students, international applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit valid scores for one of the following three tests for English proficiency: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores must be received by Purdue directly from the testing organization and must be no more than two years old at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School (normally about two months after the January 2nd admission deadline). The minimum scores required for admission are an overall score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT, an overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS, or an overall score of 68 on the PTE Academic. This requirement applies both to applications for admission to the M.A. program and to applications for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Links of Interest for International Students:

International Students and Scholars Office
International Programs Office
Student Organizations
Graduate Student Housing

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