Philosophy Programs and the GRE (updated)


The Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be joining the ranks of those who are no longer requiring applicants to submit GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores, says Nir Ben-Moshe in a recent email. 

A website, GRE Not Required, keeps track of programs in various disciplines that have dropped the GRE requirement (though I don’t know when it was last updated). It lists the following philosophy programs as no longer requiring the test:

  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas-Dallas
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

The site was created by Jennifer Doyle, professor of English at UC Riverside. You can name programs that need to be added to the list with this form. Feel free to mention them in the comments here, too.

UPDATE: Frederick Choo (Nanyang Tech) has compiled a list of philosophy programs not requiring the GRE (—this application cycle, as Alex Guerrero helpfully notes in a comment below). Combined with the above and what’s in the comments so far, we get the following list:

  • University of Arizona
  • Boston University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of Chicago
  • City University of New York
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Miami
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • New York University
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Texas, Dallas
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Yale University
  • York University

(I’ll update this periodically.)

UPDATE 2: Frederick Choo has created a helpful page, “GRE Updates for Philosophy Fall 2021 Admissions“.


Related: “University of Pennsylvania Philosophy Stops Requiring the GRE“. “Philosophy Majors and the GRE: Updated Data“.

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