How to Apply

For a printed application, or for further information about HPSC at Indiana University, please write to the address below. Tell us whether your application would be domestic or international, and which year and semester (e.g., Fall 2019), you would like to begin your studies at Indiana University.

Director of Admissions
Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
Ballantine Hall 913
Indiana University
1020 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
(812) 855-3622

Admissions guidelines

Some applicants have an undergraduate major in a science or a related group of sciences with a minor in either history or philosophy. Others may have an undergraduate major in either history or philosophy with a strong minor in science. While a similar background is beneficial, applicants to this department have a wide variety of academic experience. A major in the field is neither required nor expected.

We welcome inquiries and application from all people with at least a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. Applicants with divergent backgrounds who can demonstrate serious interest and research potential in HPSC are encouraged to apply.

Assessing applications

In judging applications for admission and financial aid, we are primarily concerned with general intellectual ability, together with interest and commitment to the history and philosophy of science and medicine as a field of study. Admission to the department’s programs (M.A. and Ph.D.) is based in part on the applicant’s past academic achievements. Equally important from our point of view is an applicant’s ability to master the basic principles of the discipline and their sincere interest in entering into the fellowship of scholarly endeavor.

Commitment to equal opportunity

Indiana University is committed to the achievement of equal opportunity within the University and throughout American society as a whole. The university maintains an Affirmative Action Office on each campus and prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary considerations of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Indiana University shall take affirmative action, positive and extraordinary, to overcome the discriminatory effects of traditional policies and procedures with regard to the disabled, minorities, women, and military veterans.