Admission to the PhD Program in Philosophy

For admission to doctoral program in Philosophy, the following are required in addition to a completed on-line application:

A. A bachelor’s degree with a major in Philosophy; in exceptional cases the admissions committee will consider an applicant with a minor in Philosophy and/or a major in a related field; B. Some knowledge of the history of philosophy and of contemporary modes of thought is highly desirable; deficiencies in these areas may require the student to undertake special work; C. Two official transcripts 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; G. Acceptance by both the Department of Philosophy and the Graduate School. H. A non-refundable $100 application fee.

Stony Brook University’s Graduate School requires that all applications be submitted electronically. Stony Brook University’s Graduate School requires that all applications be 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:

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

Only completed applications received by the application deadline January 7th of the calendar year in which you are applying for Fall entry will be reviewed by members of the departmental admissions committee. Decision letters will be mailed out in early February. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered!

Financial Support and Benefits

Students admitted to the PhD program are typically offered a Teaching Assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver, annual stipend, and subsidized health insurance for up to five years. Stony Brook University also offers competitive Graduate Council Fellowships and Turner Fellowships and the Philosophy Department has an excellent record in securing this additional funding for its best-qualified students.

There is no funding available for students in the MA program.

For information on other Financial Aid options contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at (631) 632 6840 or visit www.stonybrook.edu/finaid/.

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