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How to Apply

Applications are now done electronically through The School of Liberal Arts.

  • Fill out the online application.
  • A Statement of Purpose should be included in the online application.
  • Letters of Recommendation must be submitted through online recommendation process.
  • Application fees must be paid by credit card when submitting the online application.
  • A Writing Sample is required, and should be mailed to the Department of Philosophy.
  • All Official Transcripts should be sent to the Department of Philosophy in sealed envelopes.

If you have any further questions about the Graduate Program in Philosophy, please contact Bruce Brower, Graduate Director.

Financial Aid Options

Almost all full-time PhD students accepted into the program receive Full-Tuition Scholarships and are awarded Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Fellowships.TAs and Fellowships provide sufficient income to cover the costs of housing and basic living expenses. Awards may be continued for up to five years, provided students remain in good standing (four years in the case of a student entering with an M.A. or comparable graduate preparation).

A Tulane Fellowship is available to those who wish to spend 1 year as an exchange student in Berlin (most students who apply for this are successful).

The structure of, and conditions on, the awards made to philosophy graduate students at Tulane are usually as follows:

  • 1st year: Fellowship
  • 2nd year: TA (Assistant to courses taught by full-time faculty)
  • 3rd-5th year: TA (Instructor for one class per semester)

No more than five years of funding can be guaranteed. However, in recent years, a number of students have secured partial support beyond this period by working as adjunct instructors in the department.

Tulane University, Department of Philosophy, 105 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5305