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Philosophy Admissions

Application Opens:
September 15

January 2


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.

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