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Philosophy (MA or PhD)

The MA and the PhD in Philosophy are awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All applicants apply to the PhD program, as there is no terminal MA program. Students may earn their MA along the way, provided they have committee approval and have completed the required number of semester hours of course work. The MA is available with or without a thesis. Students may also earn the MA if they are pursuing a combined graduate degree with another program on campus.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall semester—February 1
  • Spring semester—not offered
  • Summer session—not offered

Application Procedures 

The graduate application process has two steps

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation.  A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile on Iowa Student Information System, our online service center for applicants and students.  You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

  • Application for Graduate Awards
  • A sample of your philosophical writing
  • A statement of purpose

Recommendations

The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. If your program of study requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including their email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

  • Three letters of recommendation

Materials to send to Admissions

  • Your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681); applicants to the Master's Program may substitute LSAT scores for the GRE
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Apply 

Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Contact Information 

Department of Philosophy
The University of Iowa
169 English-Philosophy Building
Iowa City, IA 52242 
philosophy-dept@uiowa.edu
319-335-0495

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
admissions@uiowa.edu
319-335-1525