Graduate Admissions

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Please note that when you are applying to our graduate programs, you will be submitting all the documentation to the Graduate Office. Please do not send any documents to the department.

 

A student need not have an undergraduate major in philosophy to be admitted. As long as an applicant’s background is adequate preparation for graduate-level work in philosophy, not having a philosophy major is no bar to admission. In cases where an applicant looks promising but has a limited philosophical background, the Department can admit the student as a ‘special status’ student. These students take a series of undergraduate courses to fill in gaps in their philosophy background, usually for one semester. If the student performs well enough in these classes, she is then admitted into the regular M.A. program.

We sometimes have applicants who have never taken philosophy classes before (or have taken just one or two classes), having majored in some other field, but who have read philosophy on their own and have an interest in pursuing graduate studies in philosophy. We do not admit students in this sort of case, even as special-status students: some prior academic background in philosophy is necessary for admission. However, these students are urged to enroll as postbaccalaureate students at Georgia State. In this program, students who already have a bachelor’s degree can take undergraduate classes. Then the student will be able to a have a philosophy writing sample, letters of recommendation from philosophy faculty, and a track record in philosophy, in order to be able to make a stronger application for our M.A. program. Students who are interested in pursuing this route should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in order to arrange a suitable course of study to prepare for graduate-level work.

Our program has also had many international students. International students are eligible for the same types of stipends through the Department as are other students (see below for details on these). International students have to file some additional material in their applications (again, see below). Students whose first language is not English may find some of the classes offered by Georgia State’s Intensive English Program helpful. The program has two main courses geared especially for graduate students: “Academic Speaking and Listening” and “Academic Writing.”

Except under unusual circumstances, we admit new students only in the Fall semester. Our deadline for being considered in the initial round of admission and funding decisions is February 1. All application materials must be received by that date in order to be considered for our fellowships and scholarships (in neurophilosophy, legal and political philosophy, and Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy)

However, we accept applications up until our final deadline of April 15, and applications received between February 1 and April 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants during this period are much more likely to be placed on our wait-list rather than immediately receiving an offer. However, strong applicants still have a chance of being admitted.

 
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