Frequently Asked Questions

How many applicants apply to the doctoral program in philosophy?

The number varies from 130 to 170 a year.

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How many students does the Department accept per year?

At this time, we are accepting 5 students a year on fellowship.

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Does the Philosophy Department have a master's degree program?

Students are admitted only into the Ph.D. program. We do not admit students into a master’s program. Students earn their master’s degree in fulfilling requirements towards Ph.D.

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Can students study with faculty in other departments?

Emory supports interdisciplinary work and has outstanding faculty in many fields. Students are free to take classes in any department that they like, although students normally take courses in the department their first semester. Students should keep in mind that they will need to take some courses to fill in gaps of their philosophical knowledge in preparation for the prelims exam. The prelims exam is given in the fourth year for students entering without a master’s degree.

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How important are the GREs?

Most of our students have GRE scores at least in the high 600s, but not all of them do. We consider GREs in the context of other aspects of the application.

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