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PhD Program Admissions


Admissions Information

Northwestern University’s Department of Philosophy has made the difficult decision to suspend applications to our PhD program and not admit a new cohort of graduate students in Fall 2021.  This decision has been made as a result of the financial impact and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our concurrent need to support our present PhD students as best we can during this period of uncertainty.  We expect to begin admitting students again for matriculation in Fall 2022, with applications made available in September 2021.
We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for our prospective students, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We very much hope you will consider submitting an application to our program for Fall 2022.


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 Department of Philosophy website or The Graduate School's Admissions website, please feel free to email us at:


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