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PhD Application

Application to the Duquesne philosophy PhD 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 PhD program regardless of whether they already hold an MA degree in philosophy. If not offered admission to the PhD program, applicants without a previous philosophy MA will automatically be considered for admission to the MA program.

All PhD program applicants should 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).

The main website for application is the McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts 'How Do I Apply?' page.

JANUARY 15

is the deadline for receipt of the entire application

Application Checklist

For an application to be considered, everything on this checklist must be received by the deadline.

University application

Supporting application materials

  • Statement of intent/personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Transcripts

Letter of recommendation forms (3)

Test scores

  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS language scores (international applicants who are non-native English speakers only.
University Application Instructions

The University application must be submitted online. See the McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts 'How Do I Apply?' page for links and further instructions.

Supporting Application Materials Instructions

The statement of intent, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and transcripts may be submitted in two ways:

  1. Interfolio.com. Interfolio is a third-party fee-based dossier submission service that charges $19 to create an account and a one-time $6 electronic delivery fee to submit your application (it can be used for most graduate program applications at most universities). Interfolio is the preferred method of submission for all applications to Duquesne University. Request, gather, and upload all application dossier documents. Create a new delivery. Under 'Institution/Organization Destination' enter 'Duquesne;' select 'Duquesne University: McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts - All Graduate School Applicants.' Add the appropriate documents. Choose 'Electronic Delivery' and submit the application.
  2. Postal mail. McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Office, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA.

Statement of intent/personal statement
Submit 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 graduate program.

Curriculum vitae
Submit a one-page CV clearly indicating name and contact information; academic degrees (with degree, institution, major or discipline, and date conferred); any academic fellowships, scholarships, or honors; any academic publications; language proficiency (other than English; for each language, indicate proficiency in reading, speaking, writing as fluent, advanced, intermediate, or basic); references (include the name, position, institutional affiliation, and email address of each person who will submit a letter of recommendation); and any additional academically-relevant information (publications, academically-relevant employment, etc.)

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

Transcripts
Submit a legible scan of a transcript from each college or university attended.

Letters of Recommendation Instructions

At least three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted by those in a position to assess that applicant's past performance and future academic potential. Letters of recommendation may be submitted three ways:

  1. Interfolio.com. Applicants who set up Interfolio accounts (see above) may use the service to send recommenders requests for confidential document uploads, and then include those confidential letters in their dossier submission. This is the preferred method of submission for letters of recommendation.
  2. Postal mail. Recommenders may send signed letters on institutional letterhead to: McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Office, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA. Letters submitted by mail must be accompanied by signed letter of recommendation forms.
  3. Email. Recommenders may use their academic email address to send scans of signed letters on institutional letterhead to rendulic@duq.edu. Emailed letters must be accompanied by signed letter of recommendation forms (link above). Letters cannot be accepted if they are emailed by the applicant rather than the recommender, if they are sent from non-academic email addresses, if they are not on institutional letterhead, or if they are unsigned.  
Test Scores Instructions

All test scores must be official and sent directly from the relevant testing agency. Copies or scans of score reports sent by applicants will not be accepted.

GRE scores
Submit scores from a test taken within five years of application. Duquesne's ETS code is 2196. There is no minimum GRE score to apply.

TOEFL or IELTS language test scores
Language test scores must be submitted by international applicants who are non-native English speakers, though this requirement is waved for applicants who hold or are now completing a degree from a university for which the primary language of instruction is English. Submit scores from a test taken within three years of application. Duquesne's ETS code is 2196. Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL IBT: 80, with all sub-scores minimum 17
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with sub-scores meeting the following minimums: 6.5 reading; 5.5 writing; 5.5 speaking; 6.0 listening
Application Questions

For questions regarding the online University application or the procedures for submission of any part of the application, contact Linda Rendulic, Assistant to the Dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, rendulic@duq.edu.

For questions regarding the PhD program or the departmental requirements for application detailed above, contact Dr. Daniel Selcer, Director of Graduate Studies for Philosophy, selcerd@duq.edu.

Additional Links:

Philosophy Faculty

PhD Funding

PhD Course of Study

PhD Placement

Graduate Courses

Departmental Speakers and Events

Graduate Students in Philosophy Organization