Admission to the PhD Program

For Program Structure, please visit the PhD Program page.

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates must have a Master's degree or equivalent in philosophy or a related field, and a background in the history of philosophy (major ancient and medieval thinkers, Cartesianism, British empiricism and classical German philosophy) and in logic (propositional and predicate). Applicants who haven't earned an MA degree yet should submit documentation indicating that they will earn their degree by the time of enrolling in the program
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Submission of the general CEU application form with its appendices, including the specific departmental requirements
  • Availability for admission interviews, possibly by telephone.

Documents to be submitted with the application

General CEU requirements:

  • Completed online CEU Application Form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic records
  • A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
  • Proof of English proficiency

plus department-specific requirements:

  • A short statement of purpose (1-2 pages single spaced), indicating the applicant's proposed research
  • An essay of  2000-4000 words on an appropriate philosophical topic. The admission committee does not normally have time to read longer essays. Applicants who wish to submit a longer piece are asked to mark the sections they would not wish the committee to skip. The essay should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to think and write clearly and philosophically, for example by giving an original argument or evaluation of an argument about a philosophical problem, or an interpretation of a difficult philosophical text. It can, but need not, be related to the applicant’s past studies or proposed research topic.