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PhD Application

Application to the Duquesne philosophy Ph.D. program is competitive. We receive 150-200 applications each year and generally admit 4 to 6 doctoral students.

Applicants intending to pursue a doctorate at Duquesne should apply for the Ph.D. program regardless of whether they already hold an M.A. degree in philosophy. If not offered admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants who select the ‘consider for both' option on the Philosophy Graduate Program Application (element #2 of the application, below) will be shifted into the M.A. program applicant pool.

The application should present evidence of past academic excellence, philosophical acumen, and ability to pursue a doctoral program successfully.

Doctoral program applicants should already hold or be in the final stages of completing a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in philosophy or a related humanistic discipline. It is helpful, but not required, for applicants to possess background in at least one relevant research language (ancient Greek, Latin, French, or German).

More information on Duquesne policies and graduate program is available through the McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts pages.

All elements of the application may be submitted online, using both the Graduate Admissions website and Interfolio. Applicants without Interfolio access may mail all application documents except the University application to: McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Office, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

JANUARY 15 is the deadline for receipt of the entire application
(including letters of recommendation and GRE scores).

Application Instructions & Checklist

The first element of the application must be completed and submitted through the University Admissions website.

1. University application.
U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or Green Card holder application
International application

Notes for ‘Program' page of University application:
• Where prompted, indicate that you plan to complete your graduate students on a full-time basis (part-time students are not admitted to the Ph.D. program).
• Where prompted, please indicate that you wish to be considered for a Fellowship (all philosophy graduate funding in philosophy is included under this heading).
• Where prompted, most applicants should indicate that they require full support to attend graduate school; international applicants with external funding should indicate the level of financial support required.

The following application materials may be submitted electronically through Interfolio.com (after creating a new delivery, under Institution/Organization Destination enter ‘Duquesne University' and then select 'All Graduate School Applicants'; after adding all documents, select ‘electronic delivery' and then 'submit application').

2. Philosophy Graduate Program Application. This PDF form may be opened in Acrobat Reader, filled in, and saved.

3. A statement of intent characterizing research interests, describing reasons for seeking to engage in advanced study of philosophy, summarizing philosophical background and any relevant biography, and explaining specific interest in the Duquesne program.

4. A sample of philosophical writing, maximum 5000 words.

5. Official transcripts from each college or university attended (scans are fine).

Applicants must arrange to have the remaining application materials submitted by others.

6. At least three letters of recommendation from former professors or those in a position to asses academic potential. Use Interfolio to send recommenders requests for confidential document uploads and include those letters in your dossier submission. To ensure confidentiality, any letter of recommendation submitted by mail rather than Interfolio must be accompanied by a Letter of Recommendation Form (applicant completes the top portion and provides a form to each recommender). Emailed letters of recommendation will not be accepted.

7. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from a test taken within five years of application. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to school code 2196, department code 2804. There are no minimum GRE scores for applicants.

8. INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY: International applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit scores from the Test of Standard Written English (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within three years of application. Official scores should be reported directly to Duquesne from the Educational Testing Service (for TOEFL; school code 2196) or IELTS (using a Test Report Form sent to the mailing address above). Information on required minimum test scores is available here. If accepted, arriving non-native speakers will be required to pass an English as a Second Language (ESL) test during orientation.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Selcer, Director of Graduate Studies, at selcerd@duq.edu.

Additional Links:

Philosophy Faculty

Ph.D. Funding

Ph.D. Course of Study

Ph.D. Placement

Graduate Courses

Departmental Speakers and Events

Graduate Students in Philosophy Organization