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Ph.D. Application

Application to the Duquesne philosophy Ph.D. program is competitive. We receive 150–200 applications each year and generally admit 4 to 6 doctoral students.

Applicants intending to pursue a doctorate at Duquesne should apply for the Ph.D. program regardless of whether they already hold an M.A. degree in philosophy. If not offered admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants without a previous philosophy M.A. will automatically be considered for admission to the M.A. program.

All Ph.D. program applicants should hold or be in the final stages of completing Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees (or their equivalents) in philosophy or a related humanistic discipline. It is helpful, but not required, for applicants to possess background in at least one relevant research language (ancient Greek, Latin, French, or German).

The main website for application is the McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts How Do I Apply? page. Additional material required for Philosophy graduate program applications is detailed below.

Note: If you are reapplying to the Duquesne PhD program, you must submit a new online University application as well as resubmit all supporting materials and letters of recommendation.

PHD Applications are closed until Fall 2018

Application Checklist
  • University application
  • Supporting application materials
    • Statement of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Writing sample
    • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Test scores
    • GRE scores
    • TOEFL or IELTS language scores (international applicants who are non-native English speakers only).
University Application Instructions

The University application must be submitted online. See the McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts How Do I Apply? page for links and further instructions.

Supporting Application Materials Instructions

The statement of intent, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and transcripts may be submitted in two ways:

  1. We will accept your supporting application materials through Interfolio at www.interfolio.com. Register for an Interfolio account using the email address you used on your Duquesne online application. Interfolio charges a single flat fee of $48 for a one-year subscription, which pays for 50 deliveries throughout the following 12 months. Students do not need to pay just to store and organize their confidential letters - those "basic" Dossier accounts are free. However, users must upgrade to Dossier Delivery for access to the delivery functionality ($48). Once upgraded, 50 deliveries (any type, except for Priority and FedEx mail) are available for use. There are no additional fees. Request, gather, and upload the following documents individually to your Interfolio account and submit them electronically to the Graduate School. Submitting all documents in one delivery is recommended to ensure faster processing. 
  2. Postal mail. McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Office, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA.

When you are ready to send your materials via Interfolio:
1. Choose "New Delivery"
2. Type "Duquesne" in the search bar, (found at the bottom left).
3. Choose "All Grad School Applicants." If you are still unable to make the submission please contact Interfolio at 1-877-997-8807.

Statement of intent
Submit a statement of intent characterizing research interests, describing reasons for seeking to engage in advanced study of philosophy, summarizing philosophical background and any relevant biography, and explaining specific interest in the Duquesne graduate program.

Curriculum vitae
Submit a one-page CV clearly indicating name and contact information; academic degrees (with degree, institution, major or discipline, and date conferred); any academic fellowships, scholarships, or honors; any academic publications; language proficiency (other than English; for each language, indicate proficiency in reading, speaking, writing as fluent, advanced, intermediate, or basic); references (include the name, position, institutional affiliation, and email address of each person who will submit a letter of recommendation); and any additional academically-relevant information (publications, academically-relevant employment, etc.)

Writing sample
Submit a sample of philosophical writing, maximum 7500 words.

Submit a transcript from each college or university from which you received a degree or in which you are currently enrolled. For purposes of the application process, legible scans of transcripts are fine. If accepted into the program, applicants must submit official transcripts before matriculating.

Letters of Recommendation Instructions

At least three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted by those in a position to assess the applicant’s past performance and future academic potential. Letters of recommendation may be submitted three ways:

  • Interfolio. Applicants who set up Interfolio accounts (see above) may use the service to send recommenders requests for confidential document uploads, and then include those confidential letters in their dossier submission. This is the preferred method of submission for letters of recommendation.
  • Postal mail. Recommenders may send signed letters on institutional letterhead to: McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Office, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA. Letters submitted by mail must be accompanied by signed letter of recommendation forms.
  • Email. Recommenders may use their academic e-mail address to send scans of signed letters on institutional letterhead to rendulic@duq.edu. E-mailed letters must be accompanied by signed letter of recommendation forms. Letters cannot be accepted if they are e-mailed by the applicant rather than the recommender, if they are sent from non-academic e-mail addresses, if they are not on institutional letterhead, or if they are unsigned.
Test Scores Instructions

All test scores must be official and sent directly from the relevant testing agency. Copies or scans of score reports sent by applicants will not be accepted.

GRE scores
Submit scores from a test taken within five years of application. Duquesne’s ETS code is 2196. There is no minimum GRE score to apply.

TOEFL or IELTS language test scores
Language test scores must be submitted by international applicants who are non-native English speakers, though this requirement is waived for applicants who hold or are now completing a degree from a university for which the primary language of instruction is English. Submit scores from a test taken within three years of application. Duquesne’s ETS code is 2196. Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL IBT: 80, with all sub-scores minimum 17
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with sub-scores meeting the following minimums: 6.5 reading; 5.5 writing; 5.5 speaking; 6.0 listening
Application Questions

For questions regarding the online University application or the procedures for submission of any part of the application, contact Linda Rendulic, Assistant to the Dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, rendulic@duq.edu.

For questions regarding the Ph.D. program or the departmental requirements for application detailed above, contact Dr. Daniel Selcer, Director of Graduate Studies, selcerd@duq.edu.