Admissions to the PhD Program
For admission to doctoral program in Philosophy, the following are required in addition
to a completed
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
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;
One official transcript of undergraduate record and of any work completed at the graduate
Letters of recommendation from three previous or current instructors;
Statement of Purpose;
Submission of a philosophical essay (which may be a paper written for a previous course);
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores and TOEFL scores for applicants
whose native language is not English; and,
Acceptance by both the Department of Philosophy and the Graduate School.
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 also be able to review the status
of your application by logging into your personal on-line account once you have submitted
If you are an international applicant, please familiarize yourself with the information
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
Department of Philosophy
Stony Brook University/SUNY
213 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Only completed applications received by the application deadline January 15th 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