Applying to the M.A. Program

To apply for admission to NIU’s M.A. program in philosophy, you must complete the Application for Admission and have GRE scorestranscripts, and letters of recommendation (two required, three recommended), sent to:

The Graduate School
223 Adams Hall
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Please note that it is highly recommended that you ensure that your application is complete by February 1 in order to be considered for fall admission. Also note that letter writers may submit their letters online if you provide their email addresses with your application.

In addition, applicants for admission must submit a sample of their philosophical writing. This writing sample is required by the Department of Philosophy, not by the Graduate School, so the writing sample should be sent directly to the department. Do not send a hard copy of your writing sample. Please send your writing sample as an email attachment to Title the attached file with your name and the words "writing sample." Applicants should not regard their applications as complete without the sample, even if the Graduate School has informed them that all requirements have been met.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials have been received by the Graduate School. If you have reason to believe that your application may not be complete, please call one of the following numbers to speak with the Graduate School admissions officer responsible for your file. Please do not call the Philosophy Department, since your Graduate School admissions officer has the most up-to-date information about your application.

  • Domestic Applicants: Taylor Wallin, (815) 753-2699
  • International Applicants: Erin Corwin-Surwillo, (815) 753-9410

Applying for a Graduate Assistantship

If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship, you must complete and submit an Application for a Graduate Assistantship. In order to receive full consideration for a graduate assistantship, you should ensure that your application for admission is complete and that the graduate assistantship form is submitted by February 1.

The department is typically able to offer six graduate assistantships to each incoming class. The graduate assistantships pay full tuition and a stipend, which was $11,825 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Information about non-departmental forms of financial assistance can be found at The Graduate School.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Application Forms

Contact Us

Application Questions

Jonie Barshinger
Phone: (815) 753-0333

Graduate Advisor

Prof. David J. Buller
Office: Zulauf 902
Phone: (815) 753-6299