Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Philosophy must hold a bachelor’s degree from an officially accredited institution. The Department expects applicants to have completed at least 18 credits in Philosophy and to have earned an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better. Typically, admitted applicants have earned a GRE verbal test score of 163 or better and an analytic writing score of 5 or better. GRE scores are required of all applicants. 

The Philosophy Department considers the scores as one part of the applicant’s overall profile and balances them with the statement of purpose, writing sample, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Self-reported GRE scores suffice in the early stages of the application process. However, official confirmation of the scores by GTS is necessary before an admission offer can be made.

  1. Please visit the web pages of the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at to request additional information, view application deadlines or to begin your online application.
  2. If you have questions, contact Julie Klein, Ph.D., the Program Director or the program coordinator Theresa Dimartino 610-519-8997 to discuss your interest in doing graduate work.
  3. Submit the following materials:
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application Fee: $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree.
    • Transcripts: upload unofficial transcripts of all previous college work (undergraduate and graduate where applicable).  Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide an unofficial transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed. (if graduate studies requires one)
    • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application review beginning in Summer 2013 and beyond. Official transcripts must be provided upon an offer of admission.
    • Three Letters of Recommendation.
    • Graduate Record Examination:  Please note that GRE scores from tests taken more than five years before the date of application will not be accepted.  Institution code for Villanova University is 2959 and the department code for Philosophy is 2801.
    • A statement (1 page single-spaced) outlining your research questions and fields of interest.
    • A Recent Writing Sample (approximately 15 pges)
    • Curriculum Vitae

Special Instructions

When filling out the on-line application, please do not use special characters or accents.

  1. The application deadline is January 7; students are admitted for the Fall term only.
    • All applicants are considered for a graduate assistantship; no separate application for an assistantship needs to be submitted.
    • For international applicants who are admitted, the requirement for financial certification will be satisfied by the graduate assistantship they receive.
      Applicants interested in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Philosophy and Theology should familiarize themselves with that program’s particular requirements on the department website, and are invited to apply for the Graduate Assistantship for Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy and Theology.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Credentials Evaluation
  • Financial Certification

Philosophy Doctoral Program


Villanova University, SAC 108
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.8997
Fax: 610.519.4639

Director:  Julie Klein
Coordinator:  Terry DiMartino


Application materials


Upload materials to your online application.