Cornel West
Cornel West

Graduate Admission

To ensure full consideration, your complete application must be submitted no later than February 1.

Who Should Apply?

Anyone with a strong academic background and at least some demostrated ability in philosophy will have his or her application considered seriously.  One need not have been an undergraduate philosophy major to be admitted to our program; however those who have a strong philosophy background are at a competitive advantage.

Application Procedure

All applications (whether domestic or international) must be sent electronically to the Graduate School.

Your application (submitted online) must contain the following:

A. Completed Graduate School Application Forms and Application Fee

Domestic Student Application

International Student Application

B. Transcripts

When completing the online Graduate School application, you will be asked to upload a PDF of your official or unofficial transcript(s) for each academic institution you list (you must list all schools attended). If you have completed your Bachelor’s degree, you may have the official transcript from your Bachelor’s institution sent directly to the Graduate School.

C. GRE General Test Scores
Make sure to take the GRE well before the application deadline.
D. A Statement of Purpose

This statement (approximately 2 pages) must indicate your primary intellectual interests and the reasons why you wish to pursue an advance degree in philosophy in our department.

E. A Writing Sample

Submit a philosophical paper (typically a 10-15 page term paper you wrote in an upper-division undergraduate course) that is representative of your intellectual work and your philosophical style. 

F. Three Letters of Recommendation

Request recommendations from people who are well acquainted with your work and your abilities in philosophy.

International students who studied in a country or institution where English is not the official language must in addition submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL).