We are a relatively large department with diverse philosophical interests, and we take pride in providing a rigorous and nurturing environment for graduate study in Philosophy. Our PhD program emphasizes both theory and history and represents a variety of philosophical traditions. In addition, we participate in dual JD/MA and JD/PhD programs with the Georgetown University Law Center and dual MD/MA and MD/PhD programs with the Georgetown University Medical School. Students wishing to pursue these programs must apply and be admitted to both Philosophy and the professional school. The Department does not offer a free-standing MA program.
We offer a small number of assistantships (usually five or six per year) to students admitted to the PhD program. Assistantships provide tuition remissions, living stipends, and health insurance, and require service as a teaching assistant or teaching associate. Assistantships are guaranteed for a total of five years for awardees in good standing, but the Department will normally extend assistantship support to students in good standing beyond five years if necessary. Students admitted without financial support can apply for assistantships in later years.
For specific program-related inquiries, please submit this inquiry form.
PhD programs (incl. joint MD and JD programs): Dec. 15
MD/MA and JD/MA programs: Jan. 1
Please read the complete admissions information found on the Graduate School website. The Department requires all applications to be submitted electronically. Applications must include:
- Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores
- Unofficial or Official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) from all tertiary instritutions you have attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- A personal statement from the applicant
- TOEFL, required for non-native English speakers who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in which the primary language of instruction is English. You must have a score of 600 (paper test) or 100 (Internet-based test) or higher
- An application fee
- One sample of written work in philosophy, which should show evidence of the ability to do original work in Philosophy. It should not be more than about 6000 words
- An abstract of the writing sample.
- A brief resume or curriculum vitae, with educational record, employment history, honors, GPAs, GRE scores
Please note: All application materials must be sent directly to the Graduate School, not to the Philosophy Department. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission.
If you have further questions, you may contact the Director of Graduate Admissions.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has an online application that you complete and submit using a secure online form processed by Slate. If you are ready to apply, please use this APPLY ONLINE link to proceed directly to the online application.
Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.
Please read all Application Procedures and instructions carefully before beginning the application. For information on confirmation of the application submission, and dual program submission, please read below.
Please note that there is no longer a provision to "re-activate" an application or "re-apply" to the program other than simply submitting a new, complete application this year.
Confirmation of Application Submission
Once you have completed your online application, and you have clicked on the "Submit" button, you will receive an automatic confirmation of your application submission from Georgetown University. Prior to submission, you should print a copy of your complete application for your records. The application is not viewable by Georgetown University until you click the "Submit" button.
Submission of a Dual Program Application
Applicants selecting approved dual programs or multiple programs can use one single electronic application form. Those applicants who wish to apply to more than one department, including applicants to dual degree programs, must pay an application fee and submit separate transcripts to each department to which application is being made. You will be able to make your program selections for dual or multiple programs in the program selection section of the online application.
TOEFL / IELTS (Foreign Applicants English Language Proficiency Requirement)
All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.
TOEFL: A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or or 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org/
For information concerning the time and place where the TOEFL is given, applicants should contact:
Georgetown University Graduate School ETS Code: 5244