Graduate Programs



Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, or its equivalent, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (on a scale of 4) and at least 3.0 in the student’s major. There is no specific major requirement, but applicants must show a record of coursework (or equivalent experience) demonstrating that they are sufficiently prepared to do graduate work in philosophy. Acceptable coursework includes an undergraduate degree in philosophy. For applicants interested in the Bioethics or International Research Ethics concentrations, professional training or experience that involved health care ethics could be accepted in lieu of coursework. Applicants must also show an appropriate level of achievement on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.

Foreign applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). They must also take the IUPUI English (ESL) examination prior to their first semester of coursework and may be required to take additional classes in English as a second language.

Students not seeking a degree, and students not qualified for full admission, may be admitted as Graduate Non-Degree students. In some cases, degree-seeking students who do not meet all admissions requirements will be admitted on condition that specified deficiencies be remedied within a certain time.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for receipt of completed applications are as follows:

  • January 15th  For applicants who wish to be considered for a University Fellowship.
  • March 1st – For applicants seeking admission in the summer or fall semesters.
  • October 15th – For applicants seeking admission for the spring semester.

If you wish to apply after any of these deadlines, please contact the graduate director.

Application Materials
  1. Graduate School Application form with Application Fee:
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3.  Statement of Purpose
  4. GRE Scores*
  5. TOEFL Scores (non-native English speakers only) 
  6. Official Transcripts (required from all institutions attended or currently attending)**
  7.  Writing Sample**

* LSAT or MCAT scores may be accepted in lieu of GRE scores for students applying for the Bioethics or International Research Ethics concentrations. No test scores are required for applicants who already hold an advanced degree.

**Please send directly to the Philosophy Department, CA 331, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202

NOTE: A writing sample may not be required for applicants to either the Bioethics or International Research Ethics concentrations if they are, or have been, professionally employed in a relevant field. In such cases, a resume may be submitted in lieu of a writing sample.