Applying to the M.A. Program

Applications for fall admission to the M.A. program are submitted early in the prior spring semester. To apply for admission to NIU’s M.A. program in philosophy, you must complete the online Application for Admission to the Graduate School, selecting the M.A. program in philosophy as the program in which you wish to enroll. In recognition of the hardships posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the GRE requirement for Fall 2022 admission is suspended. GRE scores will not be considered at this time.

Please note that the priority deadline for applications for fall admission is January 15. The final application deadline for fall admission is May 1 for international students living abroad and July 15 for applicants residing in the U.S., but applications received after January 15 cannot receive full consideration for funding. Also note that you must submit a sample of your philosophical writing with your application.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials have been submitted. You may Check Application Status to determine whether your application is complete. If you have reason to believe that there is a problem with your application, please call one of the numbers below to speak with the Graduate School admissions officer responsible for your file. Please note that while admissions decisions are made by the philosophy department, the online application portal is managed by NIU’s Graduate School. Accordingly, your Graduate School admissions officer has the most up-to-date information about the status of your application.

  • Domestic Applicants: Anne Arne, 815-753-4900
  • International Applicants: Erin Corwin-Surwillo, (815) 753-9410

Applying for Funding

The department is typically able to offer four or five graduate assistantships to each incoming class. The graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver and a stipend, the latter of which is $13,905 for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship, you must complete and submit an Application for a Graduate Assistantship. Mail the completed, signed application form to:

Department of Philosophy
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

In order to receive full consideration for a graduate assistantship, you should ensure that your application for admission is complete by January 15. Please also ensure that your graduate assistantship application form is postmarked by January 15 (or the first postal business day thereafter).

Admitted students are also eligible to apply for one or more tuition waiver awards through the Graduate School, which provide a partial waiver of tuition for the first year of study. If you are admitted to the M.A. program, you will be contacted with instructions for how to apply for these awards. But, as with graduate assistantships, to ensure full consideration for an award of a tuition waiver before the national April 15 decision day, it is necessary to complete your application for admission by January 15 and to complete the tuition waiver application promptly upon receipt of instructions.

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

Application Forms