Prospective Students

Admissions Information for the Graduate Program

The department offers a program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree with a major in philosophy. In addition to traditional areas of philosophy, concentrations are available that bridge philosophy with other disciplines such as law or cognitive science. Students admitted to the philosophy Ph.D. program are normally expected to have completed an undergraduate major in philosophy or its equivalent, i.e., 30 units of course work in philosophy. However, students with less undergraduate work in philosophy may be admitted (sometimes with deficiencies, i.e., with course work to be taken without graduate credit). All admissions to the program are on a competitive basis. The Philosophy Department does not admit graduate students who wish to proceed only to the master's degree. All students admitted are given financial aid, usually in the form of teaching assistantships.

The application due date for fall is January 2.  The Philosophy Department offers no spring admissions. We will begin evaluating files on December 15 so we encourage early applicants.  If you are not able to complete your application material by the deadline or have any other problems or concerns, please contact the department.

Materials Required for Application

  1. Transcripts  (you may upload unofficial transcripts with your application - official transcripts will be required with admission)
  2. GRE scores
  3. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from philosophy professors)
  4. Statement of purpose
  5. Sample of applicant's philosophical written work  (no page limit; upload your best work)
  6. TOEFL  scores (applicants from non-English-speaking countries)

If you are affiliated with a sponsored program serving underrepresented students, you may be eligible for a Graduate College Application Fee Waiver, .

Other Resources


For more information contact Sandra Kimball, or Mark Timmons, Director of Graduate Studies.


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