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Philosophy
(M.A.)

An image of a calendar icon that is brown with light tan page markers on a gold background with a red border.     Application deadlines

For full consideration of funding, our application deadline is February 1. We will consider applications on a rolling basis until April 15.

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A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

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This program prefers that applicants take the General GRE, but applications that do not include these score will still be considered for both admission and funding.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.

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This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

An image of a brown pencil on a gold background with a purple border.     Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Please upload a personal statement that discusses your relevant personal and academic background, as well as scholarly interests. Also indicate how your background and interests make you an ideal candidate for graduate study in philosophy. Finally, indicate why this graduate program is a good fit for you, preferably by reference to areas of departmental strength or preferred faculty mentors. This statement should be approximately two double-spaced pages and should demonstrate your communication skills and writing competence.

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One (1) writing sample required (to be attached within the online application). The writing sample should represent the applicant’s best work in philosophy. While the length of paper can vary, it should aim to be under 7,000 words.

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This program does not require any other program materials to be submitted.

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Applicants are also expected to have:

- Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of undergraduate work in philosophy, including: (a) a course in the history of modern philosophy, and (b) a course in symbolic logic.

- Achieved a 3.0 or above overall grade point average in the applicant's undergraduate philosophy courses.

If you do not meet the above requirements, please contact the department's director of graduate admissions for advice (269/387-4390). You may be able to obtain a provisional admission.

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of Philosophy — College of Arts and Sciences

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An official transcript from the institution from which you received your bachelor degree is required, as well as a transcript from institution(s) where any graduate level courses or degrees have been taken/completed. Applicants are not required to submit an official transcript of courses taken/completed at WMU.

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