The Department of Philosophy admits candidates to programs of study leading to the PhD; applications for admission to a program of study terminating in the MA are also invited.

The terminal MA may be pursued by full-time or part-time students. However, part-time applications for the PhD program are discouraged.

Candidates for either the MA or PhD shall take no fewer than two semester courses each semester until they have completed their course requirements.

Applicants should have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate major in philosophy, typically with an average of B or higher. Students with minors in philosophy are also encouraged to apply.

All applicants for admission to the MA or PhD programs in philosophy are required to submit their Graduate Record Examination scores and a 10-20 page sample of written work with their applications. Completed applications for admission should reach the Graduate School Office no later than February 1st. Completed applications consist of: GRE scores, statement of purpose, writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and complete transcripts. Financial aid is limited to PhD candidates.

The institution’s ETS Code is 3087
Minimum TOEFL Scores: Paper-based Test 550

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by January 15th.

For further guidelines and information please visit the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences admissions page.

Questions About Admissions?

Daniel Star

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director of Graduate Admissions

dstar@bu.edu