Graduate student applications to the Department of Philosophy must be submitted by:

January 10, 2023

The University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Philosophy require students to apply online for the PhD program.

Online Applications

Application fee waivers

In an effort to reduce financial barriers to attending graduate school, the Kenneth P. Dietrich Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers application fee waivers. Please note that fee waivers are approved on a case-by-case basis and not all fee waiver requests will be granted.  All requests received will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours during normal business hours: Monday - Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST.  To be considered for a fee waiver, please complete the following fee waiver survey for review:

Mailing Address

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Philosophy
Admissions Officer
1017K Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Jennifer Berkebile

Required Materials



Application Form

Statement of Purpose

State your reasons for wanting to undertake graduate study in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Submit your statement of purpose electronically, in the additional information section of the online admissions application.

Official Transcripts of all Undergraduate and Graduate Work

Submit transcripts electronically (instructions are included with the online application).

Three Letters of Recommendation

Referees shouldsubmit their recommendations electronically (instructions are included with the online application).

Writing Sample

A sample of your philosophical writing (an essay of about 20 or 25 pages) is required. Papers submitted will not be returned. Your name should be clearly indicated on the first page.

Papers should be submitted electronically.

Application Fee


International Applicants should also include the following:

Official TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo scores
(Non-native English speakers)

Submit these scores to the department.

The required minimum TOEFL score is 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing). The required minimum IELTS score is 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections). The required minimum Duolingo score is 110.