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Doctorate in Philosophy

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 20

  • Average GPA in the major: 3.9

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 100 17 17 23 17
TOEFL Paper-based 600 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 7 6 6 7 6

Average GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE? Verbal Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 2011 650 700
On or after August 1, 2011 163 155

Although we award an MA degree, we admit students to our PhD program only (with the MA obtained in the process). Any unusual circumstances regarding failure to meet the minimum requirements should be called to the attention of the director of graduate admissions.

Eligibility for any graduate work in philosophy requires the equivalent of the following six undergraduate courses in philosophy: formal logic, ethics, ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics.

Deficiencies may be made up after the student is enrolled at MU.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Philosophy Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation (submission through the online application system strongly preferred, but postal mail submission directly to the department allowed)
  • Statement of interest (upload to the online application)
  • Writing sample (upload to the online application)
  • Departmental application (download this from and then upload to the online application).
  • GRE score report: MU's school code is 6875; philosophy’s department code is 2801 (Only electronic scores are acceptable)
  • TOEFL score: MU's school code is 6875; philosophy’s department code is 2801 (International applicants only)

Admission Contact Information

Pratibha Tripathi
College of Arts and Science 
Department of Philosophy
438 Strickland Hall
Columbia, MO 65211