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Philosophy Admissions

Application Opens:
September 15

January 2 at at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Fall Term (September)

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • General test is optional
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 2804

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 6.5
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 90 (iBT) 577 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 04 or 20

Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS may be available.

Currently, we can support five entering students each year with tuition plus a 12-month stipend. We can also support graduating fifth-years with a one-year postdoc if they are unable to secure a position elsewhere. In special cases, we are able to support sixth year students with tuition plus a 9-month stipend in place of a postdoc.

Please see the Philosophy FAQ for more information.

  • Online application
  • Statement of objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • English proficiency exam scores
  • GRE scores (optional)
  • CV or resume
  • Writing sample

Applicants to the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy are required to submit a writing sample as part of their application.

Applicants to the Philosophy Program should submit a writing sample in philosophy, ideally of 15–25 pages in length. The writing sample should allow us to assess the applicant’s understanding of a philosophical problem and ability to evaluate philosophical arguments. This assessment is usually easier if the writing sample explicitly engages with some of the contemporary philosophical literature.

If you attended PIKSI or another Undergraduate Diversity Institute in Philosophy, please contact regarding a fee waiver.

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