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PhD Program Admissions


Admissions Information

The only way to apply for admission to the Philosophy PhD program is by filling out an online application.  The application can be accessed via the following linked website from The Graduate School at Northwestern:


The online application for matriculation in Fall 2023 is now available.  All application materials are submitted via the online application system, CollegeNet, at the above link. Your application and all supplemental materials must be received by the application deadline of January 4, 2023.


Application Materials

The Department of Philosophy requires the following supplemental application 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 Frequently Asked Questions page, the Department of Philosophy website, or The Graduate School's Admissions website, please feel free to email the Philosophy Graduate Program Coordinator at:


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