Prospective Students


Graduate Programs and Degrees

How to Apply

Applications for the MA Program and the PhD Program are done electronically through The School of Liberal Arts at Tulane. Tulane undergraduate students interested in the 4+1 MA Degree should contact Oliver Sensen, the director of graduate studies, for information about applying to the 4+1 program.

Fill out the online application. The online application must include:

  • A Statement of Purpose.
  • Letters of Recommendation.
  • Application fees paid by credit card.
  • A Writing Sample.
  • Unofficial Transcripts.

Official transcripts will be required for those students offered admission into the program.

If you have any questions about the graduate programs at Tulane, please contact Oliver Sensen.

Financial Aid

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 MA 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