Philosophy Graduate Program
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The graduate program at Saint Louis University emphasizes research on contemporary issues, as well as the abiding value of the history of philosophy. A variety of resources are available to our graduate students, including a world renowned faculty with a wide range of interests, a regular visiting scholars program, numerous colloquia and conferences, and a variety of active reading groups.
The most recent Philosophical Gourmet Report recognizes the Department's strengths in Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Action Theory, Epistemology, and Social Political Philosophy.
Applying to the Graduate Program
The philosophy department offers a program of graduate studies terminating in both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
To be considered for a fellowship, prospective graduate students need to submit a complete application by February 15. Complete applications include GRE scores, transcripts, a statement of purpose, a sample of philosophical writing, three letters of recommendation, and a CV. The graduate admissions committee begins reviewing applications shortly after February 15 and usually makes its initial round of admissions decisions by the middle of March.
The Philosophy department recommends that you complete the Personal Potential Index as another means for us to make an admission decision. The PPI asks recommenders to evaluate your non-cognitive traits that research indicates may contribute to success in graduate programs. The link for the PPS is www.ets.org/ppi/. Either site will give you necessary information to set up a free account (for GRE test takers) and submit names for your references. A sample report is also available.
You are to provide the names of (3-5) references who will receive a link to the PPI. You may use the same individuals who write your letters. You may use individuals who know you outside the classroom such as employers, individuals where you have done volunteer work, etc. By reviewing the sample PPI, you will know the best types of references. Applicants will receive an email each time a reference has submitted the form and when all are in, you need to go to your account to complete the final step that will send the information to our department.
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The following links provide more detailed information regarding our graduate program.