Admissions

The Department of Philosophy typically receives nearly 300 applications each year. We ordinarily expect an entering class of five to eight doctoral students. Although the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of offers the department can make, we invite all who would like to study Philosophy at Harvard to apply.

Note regarding GRE scores:  No minimum score is required in order to be admitted. The GRE is one of many pieces of evidence that we take into account as we make our admissions decision for the Ph.D. program.

Note regarding application fee waivers: Applicants who can demonstrate suitable financial need may apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the usual application fee. The deadline for fee waivers is typically earlier than the application deadline. Please consult the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admissions pages for further information or email them at admiss@fas.harvard.edu.

Note regarding JD/PhD program: Students seeking admission to the joint JD/PhD program must apply to and be separately admitted to both the Law School and the Department of Philosophy in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Student Qualifications

Background in Philosophy: The Department requires that applicants have obtained a solid undergraduate background in philosophy, indicating that the student has a good grounding in the history of philosophy, as well as familiarity with contemporary work in ethics, epistemology and metaphysics, and logic.

Scholarly Potential: The Admissions Committee looks for evidence of outstanding potential in the field of philosophy as shown in the applicant's academic record, letters of recommendation, and Statement of Purpose on the application form.

Questions? Please contact the Director of Graduate Admissions.

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