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M.A. Application

We generally admit 8–12 students to the M.A. program each year.

Applicants intending to pursue a doctorate at Duquesne should generally apply for the Ph.D. program rather than the M.A. program. If not offered admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants without a previous philosophy M.A. will be considered for admission to the M.A. program.

M.A. program applicants are expected to hold or be in the final stages of completing a B.A. or equivalent degree in Philosophy or a closely related discipline. Applicants holding B.A.- or M.A.-level degrees in other fields may be considered when they can demonstrate that they have successfully pursued significant advanced-level philosophical coursework. It is helpful, but not required, for applicants to possess background in at least one relevant research language (especially ancient Greek, Latin, French, or German).

The first step to apply for the Philosophy M.A. program is to fill out a University application HERE (dossiers submitted without a University application will not be considered). All additional application materials must be submitted as detailed below (University applications submitted without being accompanied by the complete dossier of supporting application materials, letters of recommendation, and test scores will not be considered).

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

MARCH 1 is the deadline for receipt of the entire application.

Application Checklist
  • University application
  • Supporting application materials
    • Statement of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Writing sample
    • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Test scores
    • GRE scores (all applicants)
    • TOEFL or IELTS language scores (international applicants for whom English is not a first language; see below)
University Application Instructions

The University application must be submitted online HERE (dossiers submitted without a University application will not be considered).

Supporting Application Materials Instructions

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

  1. Interfolio. Supporting application materials (including letters of recommendation) may be submitted through the INTERFOLIO DOSSIER DELIVERY service. Interfolio charges $48 for a one-year Dossier Delivery subscription, which pays for 50 deliveries over 12 months (note that Duquesne does not charge an additional university application fee). Request, gather, and upload 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. When you are ready to send your materials via Interfolio: 1. Choose "New Delivery." 2. Type "Duquesne" in the search bar (at bottom left). 3. Select "All Grad School Applicants." If you have technical problems using the site, contact Interfolio at 1 (877) 997-8807.
  2. Postal mail. McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Office, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA.

Statement of intent, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and transcripts may not be submitted via email.

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, and 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.

Writing sample
Submit a sample of philosophical writing, maximum 5000 words.

Transcripts
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 mail letters of recommendation to McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Office, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA. Mailed letters will be accepted only when signed, on institutional letterhead, and accompanied by a RECOMMENDATION FORM completed and signed by both applicant and recommender.
  • Email. Recommenders may email letters of recommendation to rendulic@duq.edu. Emailed letters will be accepted only when signed, on institutional letterhead, sent from an academic email address, and accompanied by a RECOMMENDATION FORM completed and signed by both applicant and recommender.
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. All applicants to the Ph.D. program are required to submit GRE test scores, but no specific minimum scores are required for review. We consider GRE scores as one element in a complete dossier.

TOEFL or IELTS language test scores
In addition to GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS language proficiency scores are required for international applicants for whom English is not a first language. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived for applicants who hold BA- or MA-level degrees from universities where 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 or revised Paper-delivered test: 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 M.A. program or the departmental requirements for application detailed above, contact Dr. Daniel Selcer, Director of Graduate Studies, selcerd@duq.edu.