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. 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.
The deadline for completed applications is January 10.
A complete application consists of the following:
(The online application procedure will detail which of these may be submitted electronically and which may be submitted by paper.)
- Completed application form
- Application fee ($50)
- Transcripts of previous academic work
- Three letters of recommendation
- Aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Statement of career objectives
- One sample of written work
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (applicants whose native language is not English)
Note: The required minimum TOEFL score of 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be required for 2013-2014 applicants. The required minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections) will be required for 2013-2014 applicants.
Online applicants should familiarize themselves with the information on this site, and especially with the Graduate Handbook, before applying.
Please note the following points:
Application fee and letter of recommendations can be, but need not be, handled online. Your options are explained during the online application procedure.
For security reasons, official academic transcripts and official records of GRE and/or TOEFL scores must be submitted in hard copy form even when you have supplied this information online. (The GRE school code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927 and the department code for History of Science [or HPS] is 2703).
- A sample of your written work should be mailed or submitted electronically to Joann Mcintyre:
University of Pittsburgh
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Joann Mcintyre (email@example.com).
University of Pittsburgh
1017 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA USA 15260
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.