Applicants for admission to the graduate program in History and Philosophy of Science should have a suitable undergraduate degree and some knowledge of the natural or social sciences. Candidates should provide evidence of aptitude in history and philosophy of science and an interest in the interdisciplinary study of science. Familiarity with a particular science is an advantage, as is previous research experience in HPS and areas related to it. The writing sample should demonstrate the author’s analytical skills, their potential for creative research and some familiarity with the existing literature. Applicants are very welcome to visit the department to meet and talk with faculty and graduate students. Arrangements can be made through the HPS administrative office.

Applications must be submitted online. The University of Pittsburgh no longer accepts paper applications. (Detailed instructions given below.)

Applicants should familiarize themselves with the information on this site, and especially with the Graduate Handbook, before applying. 

The deadline for completed applications is January 10.

Questions can be sent to the Graduate Administrator, Katie Labuda.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Application fee ($75)
  • Transcripts of previous academic work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of career objectives
  • One sample of written work, PREPARED FOR ANONYMOUS REVIEW
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores required for international applicants who are non-native English speakers unless you are a citizen of a country where the national language is English, or you have graduated from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from an institution where both the language of instruction is English and the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English.

Note: For international applicants, the required minimum TOEFL score is 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing).  TOEFL scores submitted must not be more than two years old. The required minimum IELTS score is 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections). IELTS scores submitted must not be more than two years old. Make sure to take the TOEFL or IELTS in time for official scores to be reported by the January 10 deadline.

Online applications

Please note the following points:

  • Application fee ($75 US) payment can be made electronically along with the online application, or by mailing a check, per the instructions in the application.
  • Official school transcripts to be uploaded under “Additional Information-Upload Documents”.
  • Letters of reference are to be submitted electronically by your referees online. 
  • Your Statement of Career Objectives should be added to the online application in the "additional information" section. Please tell us anything you think may be relevant to our decision on your application.
  • One sample of your written work (prepared for anonymous review) to be submitted electronically with your application.
  • We do not require GRE scores to be submitted. If you intend to work in an area of philosophy of science that is heavily mathematical or formal, please highlight in your cover letter the aspects of your application file which provide evidence of your preparation for such work.

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