Admission to the MA Program in Philosophy


In addition to a completed on-line application, the following are required for admission to the MA program in philosophy:

A. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;

B. Some knowledge of the history of philosophy and of contemporary modes of thought is highly desirable, but not required; Deficiencies in these areas may require the student to undertake special work;

C. One official transcript of undergraduate record and of any work completed at the graduate level;

D. Letters of recommendation from three previous or current instructors;

E. Submission of a philosophical essay (which may be a paper written for a previous course);

F. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores and TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English; and,

G. Acceptance by both the Department of Philosophy and the Graduate School.


Stony Brook University’s Graduate School requires that all applications are submitted electronically. You can find the Graduate School admissions website here. Or you can click here to go directly to the online application system.

The on-line application is interactive.  You can create an account, save your information, and return to your application as often as you like. Until you click the Submit button, you can correct the data you have entered. You will be as well able to review the status of your application by logging into your personal On-line Account once you have submitted it.

If you are an international applicant, please familiarize yourself as well with the information provided by the Stony Brook University’s Visa and Immigration Services.

Note that only GRE and TOEFL scores (F) that were officially submitted by ETS will be accepted. Stony Brook University’s code for score reporting for both tests is 2548. The department follows the Graduate School standards setting the acceptable score on the standard TOEFL test for international students at 550 and above, or, a minimum score on the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) of 90 with a minimum score on each subsection of 22 respectively.

All letters of recommendation (D) and the writing sample (E) are to be submitted electronically.

Official transcripts (C) send from your previous academic programs should be addressed to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Philosophy
Stony Brook University/SUNY
216 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750


Department of Philosophy      Harriman Hall 213, Stony Brook, NY 11794     Phone: (631) 632-7570
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