Applicants do not need a BA in philosophy to be admitted to the PhD program or the MA/JD program, but they should have a background of coursework in philosophy. A number of our students developed their interest in philosophy late in their undergraduate careers, and not in time to complete the requirements for a major or minor.
**Note that due to the pandemic, for the 2020 application cycle only--i.e., for those applying for Fall 2021 admissions—submitting a GRE score is optional, not required.** The department considers the totality of a student’s application, including his or her GPA, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and GRE scores. We do not have a minimum GPA or GRE cutoff, though admitted students usually have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and GRE scores starting at 550V/650Q/4.5AW. We take very seriously the applicant’s writing sample, and indeed a strong writing sample can often outweigh a lower score in some other part of the application.
See also the Graduate College Statement for Philosophy
All applicants must meet the Graduate College Admission Requirements.
How to Apply
The graduate application process has two steps: 1) Submit an online application to the Graduate College and 2) Upload required supplemental documents through a secure portal. After you submit your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password in order to access your Admissions Profile on ISIS (Iowa Student Information Service), our online portal for students.
Required supplemental documents to upload to your profile:
- contact information for at least three recommenders
- unofficial copies of all academic transcripts
- a statement of purpose no more than two pages in length
- a sample of your philosophical writing - usually 15 to 20 pages
Questions about supplemental documents should be directed to Abby Rush at email@example.com.
The application deadline for both admission and financial awards is February 1.
To receive information on the Graduate College and the Philosophy Department via US Mail, fill out the Graduate Information Request Form.
Correspondence should be addressed to:
Prof. Ali Hasan
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Philosophy
The University of Iowa
272 English-Philosophy Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1408 (U.S.A.)
Phone: (319) 335-1836