Applying to the M.A. Program

The standard procedure for applying to the program is to submit an application in the spring semester for admission the following fall. To apply for admission to NIU’s M.A. program in philosophy, you must complete the online Application for Admission.

Please note that the priority deadline for application 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 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:
  • International Applicants: Erin Corwin-Surwillo, (815) 753-9410

Applying for Funding

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 January 15.  Either scan the completed form and email it to or mail the hard copy to:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Philosophy
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL  60115

The department is typically able to offer five graduate assistantships to each incoming class. The graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver and a stipend, the latter of which is $12,180 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Admitted students are also eligible to apply for one or more tuition waiver awards through The Graduate School.  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

Contact Us

Application Questions

Jonie Barshinger
Phone: (815) 753-0333

Graduate Advisor

Prof. Lenny Clapp
Office: Zulauf 903
Phone: (815) 753-6414