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Department of Philosophy University of Illinois Springfield

Entrance Requirements

On Campus Admission

Prospective on-campus students need only meet the general admissions requirements of UIS for general freshmen, Capital Scholars Honors students, or on-campus image
transfer students
to be eligible to enroll in the philosophy major.

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Additional Requirements for Online Admission

Because of both considerable demand for admission to the online philosophy program and the substantial motivation and self-discipline required to successfully complete an online degree, the program will necessarily need to be selective. This measure is taken to maximize the likelihood of student success and to make best use of limited resources.

Prospective Philosophy online students must complete an application for admission to undergraduate study at UIS, including submission of all college transcripts. In addition, for admission to the online major, applicants must provide the following:

  • Writing sample (800-1200 words) Students must provide a writing sample in which they present a problem (or an area) in philosophy that interests them. The paper should be in the form of a short essay.  Students may submit papers they have previously submitted for classes.
  • Statement of Purpose (100-200 words) Students also provide a brief Statement of Purpose in which they present their reasons for selecting the philosophy major online at UIS, as well as their familiarity with computers and the Internet. The program is committed to excellence in education in a learning environment enriched by diverse experiences, culture, and perspectives.
  • Letters of recommendation (optional) Students may ask up to three people familiar with their prior experience in philosophy to submit confidential letters of
  • TOEFL scores  International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. International students enrolled in online programs are not eligible for student visas.

The writing sample, statement of purpose, and (optional) letters of recommendation can be sent by email to the Philosophy online coordinator, Candace Meserole:

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These materials will assist the program faculty in making admissions decisions. Communications with the student (online, via telephone, or in person) may also be taken into account.