Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018


  • At the program level, decisions on admission are made by the faculty members of the HPEW Graduate Program Committee. Admission requirements are as follows: 
  • Bachelor’s degree (Some knowledge of the history of philosophies, East and/or West, is highly desirable but not required.) 
  • Two official transcripts of undergraduate record and of any work completed at the graduate level 
  • Letters of recommendation from three previous or current instructors 
  • Writing sample (This may be a paper written for a previous course.) 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores
  • TOEFL scores for applicants whose native languages are not English** 
  • Acceptance by HPEW and the Graduate School 

* HPEW’s Graduate Program Committee may request that the GRE requirement be waived for qualified applicants. 

**HPEW adheres to Graduate School standards setting the acceptable score on the 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. 

Application dossiers, including cover letter, recommendations and writing sample, should be submitted electronically through the Graduate School’s admissions website. Official transcripts should be sent to: HPEW Program Director, Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, 11794.

Financial support

At this point in time, no financial support in the form of fellowship funding or tuition scholarships is available. It should be noted, however, that tuition and fees (set by the State University of New York) may be quite considerably below those of comparable MA programs. For current tuition and fee schedules, please consult the Stony Brook University website.