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The Department of Philosophy specializes in analytic as opposed to continental European approaches to philosophy. Our faculty is large, with a wide range of philosophical interests. Students can pursue work in ancient, medieval and modern history of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science, and many areas in value theory including meta-ethics, normative theory, political philosophy, and practical ethics. The Center for Values and Social Policy sponsors many special events, especially in areas such as environmental ethics, science policy, feminist ethics, and bioethics. Some students take graduate certificates in related fields such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Environmental Policy, and Cognitive Science.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of philosophy, and a successful thesis defense.

Requires 45 hours of approved graduate study. In addition to the minimum 30 hours of dissertation credit hours required by the Graduate School, demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of philosophy, a possible technical and/or foreign language requirement, depending on the dissertation topic; satisfactory completion of two qualifying papers, and a successful dissertation defense.


Admissions Requirements: 

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Submit GRE General Test Scores.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  4. Provide a writing sample.

Minimum Standards for Applicants
The average GPA and GRE scores for those accepted into the PhD program for academic year 2008–09 were:

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.87
  • Graduate GPA (which not all had): 3.39
  • GRE Scores

—Verbal 708
—Quantitative 741
—Analytical 5.8

For PhDs who enrolled, the scores were:

  • Undergraduate GPA 3.60
  • GRE Scores

—Verbal 650
—Quantitative 732
—Analytical 5.6

Those accepted into the MA program in 2008–09 had the following scores:

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.63
  • GRE scores:

—Verbal 611
—Quantitative 651
—Analytic 5.1

Financial Support: 

All applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered for support through teaching assistantships.


Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Philosophy
Graduate Program Coordinator
Hellems 169B
232 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0232
Phone: 303-492-3172
Fax: 303-492-8386