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1. The Online Admissions System
2. Instructions for Domestic Applicants
3. Instructions for International Applicants
4. FAQ's

Graduate Admissions to the Department of Philosophy were closed during AY 2013-14. The Department hopes to re-open admissions as soon as possible. We will make an announcement once a final decision is reached. Please check back on Nov. 1, 2014, if not sooner.

1. The Online Admissions System

CU has adopted an on-line admissions system. General instructions for applying and submitting materials can be found here:

     http://admissions.colorado.edu/graduate.

As part of the application process you will be assigned a username. The username/number you are assigned when you apply becomes your permanent student identification number at CU. If you were ever a student at CU, or if you ever applied to CU in the past, you need to use that same username associated with your name and social security number.

Until you have completed and submitted the on-line application, your recommenders will not be notified and you will not be able to check the status of your transcripts, test scores, etc. in the portal. For this reason, you should complete your on-line application as soon as possible.

Because the system does not allow you to change your application after you have submitted it, we will directly accept revised writing samples and statements of purpose up until January 7th. If you would like to send in a different writing sample from the one you submitted online, send it to Karen.Sites@colorado.edu, indicating your name and the fact that you have already submitted your application online, but want to post a revised writing sample to your file.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be able to check the status of your application and supplemental documents in your portal, at

      https://mycuboulder.colorado.edu/.


2. Domestic Applicants (US Citizens and Residents (i.e., those who hold green cards))

The department invites and encourages applications from minority and women candidates. The department offers fall admission only into the graduate program. The deadline for domestic applications is January 7th.

Each application requires the following elements:

(1) online application form (filled out and submitted online)

(2) $50 application fee (paid online)

(3) GRE General Test scores (submitted to us directly through ETS; make sure you indicate that you want your scores sent to CU Boulder)

(4) a writing sample (a sample of your philosophical work) (submitted online)

(5) 1-2 page statement of purpose (submitted online)

(6) three letters of reference (submitted online)

(7) transcripts (from each institution of higher learning that you have attended).

All applicants should use the online application portal linked to here:

     http://www.colorado.edu/graduate/apply.

You will first need to register. If you have ever applied for a password-protected account at CU (e.g., you applied last year), you will need to use the same username and password associated with your social security number as before.

Fill out the on-line application, and pay the $50 application fee on line.

Have ETS send your GRE scores to CU Boulder.

Upload your writing sample and statement of purpose to the online application website.

Have three (3) Letters of recommendation sent to us. There are three ways to have letters sent:

(a) Fill in the names of your recommenders; an email will be sent to them asking them to upload their letters of recommendation for you after you submit your application. For this reason, do not wait until January 7th to submit your application. It is HIGHLY recommended that letters be submitted online in this fashion in order to ensure proper processing.

(b) If recommenders wish to send their letters by email instead of by uploading their letters, please have them email them to phildept@colorado.edu.

(c) If recommenders wish to send their letters in hardcopy, have them sent to

     Graduate Admissions
     University of Colorado at Boulder
     553 UCB
     Boulder, CO 80309-0553.

Have your university send your transcripts directly to

     Graduate Admissions
     University of Colorado at Boulder
     553 UCB
     Boulder, CO 80309-0553.

Send overnight or express mail send to

     Graduate Admissions
     University of Colorado Boulder
     3100 Marine St.
     Bldg RL3 Ste A122
     Boulder, CO 80303-1058

     (303) 492-6301.


3. International applicants

The department invites and encourages applications from minority and women candidates. The department only offers fall admission into the graduate program. The deadline for international applicants is December 1st.

International applicants should check the requirements for international applicants here:

     http://admissions.colorado.edu/graduate/international.

Please check this page to determine whether you are required to take the TOEFL. This page also describes the requirements for proof of funding, financial statement, and visa documentation. In the case of international students, the Office of International Admissions' requirements supercede those of the department (i.e., we can not waive TOEFL requirements or visa qualifications at the department level). Our PhD funding is not considered "full" funding for visa purposes.

International applicants have an early deadline of December 1st. This deadline is to ensure that application materials have time to be processed for the department. Applicants can still submit materials after this deadline, but it is not guaranteed that they will be considered in time.

The steps for international applicants are the following:

All applicants should use the online application portal linked to here:

     http://www.colorado.edu/prospective/graduate/apply.

You will first need to register. Fill out the on-line application, and pay the $75 application fee for international students on line.

Have ETS send your GRE and TOEFL scores to CU Boulder. (GRE scores are required by us; TOEFL scores are required by the Graduate School.)

Upload your writing sample and statement of purpose to the online application website. If for some reason you cannot upload these documents, you must send it to the Office of Admissions (address below).

Have three (3) letters of recommendation sent to us. There are three ways to have letters sent:

(a) Fill in the names of your recommenders; an email will be sent to them asking them to upload their letters of recommendation for you after you submit your application. It is HIGHLY recommended that letters be submitted online in this fashion in order to ensure proper processing.

(b) If recommenders wish to send their letters by email instead of by uploading their letters, please have them email them to: phildept@colorado.edu.

(c) If recommenders wish to send their letters in hardcopy, have them sent to

     Office of Admissions
     University of Colorado Boulder
     3100 Marine Street
     65 UCB
     Boulder, CO 80309-0065
     USA.

Hardcopy is not recommended for international letters, because airmail is slow, but if your recommenders prefer to send your letter in hard copy by airmail, please ask them to do so early so that it can be processed by the Admissions Office and sent to us in time.

Have your university send your transcript(s) directly to

     Office of Admissions
     University of Colorado Boulder
     3100 Marine Street
     65 UCB
     Boulder, CO 80309-0065
     USA.

The Office of Admissions will process the materials, and upload the documents for us to see online. If you send us any materials by mail, we will have to forward it to the Office of Admissions. To ensure that materials you send to the Office of Admissions are matched with your application file, print a copy of your application as a cover sheet for the items you mail to the Office of Admissions. Failure to do this can result in delays in processing.

Allow sufficient time for mail to be delivered to the United States. Most items typically require 10 days to two weeks from within the United States and even more time when sent from other countries.

For further information or questions about the admissions process, contact

     Karen Sites
     Graduate Program Coordinator
     Department of Philosophy
     232 UCB
     University of Colorado
     Boulder, CO 80309-0232

     karen.sites@colorado.edu
     303-492-3172.


4. FAQ's

General FAQ's:

(1) Do I have to send my GREs?

We require GREs of all applicants (both domestic and international) to the MA and PhD programs. The scores should be sent by ETS to the University of Colorado at Boulder. The GRE college code for CU Boulder is 4841.

(2) Do I need to take the TOEFL?

If you are an international student, you have to submit TOEFL scores. You are not required to submit a score for the TOEFL or IELTS if either your native language is English, or you have completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. institution, or at an institution in a country where English is the native language, at the time you apply, and within two years from your desired admission term.

FAQ's for the MA Program:

(1) Can I apply to the MA program if I don’t have a BA in philosophy or and haven’t done much formal coursework in philosophy?

Applicants to the M.A. program vary in their backgrounds in philosophy. Some have a BA in philosophy but would like more advanced study in philosophy, which was perhaps not available to them when they were undergraduates, with the ultimate goal of applying to a Ph.D. program. Other students did not major in philosophy in college, and have come late to philosophy in their lives. CU welcomes both types of candidates. The Admissions Committee typically looks for intellectual promise, evidence of commitment to academic work, and philosophical ability. You must submit a writing sample in philosophy, and letters of recommendation that speak to your intellectual ability, preferably in philosophy. Those who have very limited backgrounds in philosophy (for example, only a few courses in philosophy) and who live in the Boulder/Denver area are encouraged to register for the department's philosophy courses through the School of Continuing Education's ACCESS program in order to establish a record of philosophical ability before applying to the M.A. program. Those credits can then be transferred to count towards the M.A., as long as they are for graduate classes at the 5000 or 6000-level. (Enrollment in philosophy courses by non-degree students is subject to the approval of the instructor teaching the course.)

(2) I am interested in the MA program – does it have any funding?

Students are admitted to the MA program without funding. Students can take the following steps to defray the costs of enrolling in the MA program.

Applicants admitted to the M.A. program who are not residents of Colorado or of any of the Western states should consider petitioning to defer their enrollment for one year, during which time they can establish residency in Colorado, in order to avoid paying out-of-state tuition. Prospective students can establish residency in Colorado by living and working in Colorado for a year before enrolling in our program. They can then qualify for in-state rather than out-of-state tuition rates and fees.

Students who do well in their coursework will be considered for work-study jobs as graders, which pay by the hour.

Students who do well in their coursework will also be considered for any extra TAships that are available. These are distributed on the basis of a variety of factors, including grades in CU philosophy grad courses, and evaluations by professors.

Students who are residents of the Western states may enroll in the MA program at in-state tuition rates. The Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program, which means that students from the Western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) can enroll in our MA program at in-state Colorado tuition rates. Students need not demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the WRGP tuition rate, students simply apply directly to our program and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants. WGRP students must fulfill all of our usual requirements for admission, meet all admission deadlines, and must be selected for admission.

We strongly recommend that students without their own financial resources not take out sizeable student loans in order to go to graduate school—ours or any other.

(3) How competitive is admission to the MA program?

Last year, 165 people were considered for admission to the MA program (for enrollment in Fall 2010), including people who were considered for both the PhD and MA program and those who applied only to the MA program. Of those 34 people were accepted (20.6% acceptance rate).

The average GPA and GRE scores for those accepted into the M.A. program for academic year 2010-11 were as follows:

Undergraduate GPA: 3.77
GRE Verbal: 682
GRE Quantitative: 699
GRE Analytic: 5.1


FAQ's for applicants to the Ph.D. program:

(1) How competitive is admission to the PhD program?


Admission to the Ph.D. program is very competitive, and there are always many more well-qualified and promising applicants than we can afford to admit. The department received 250 applications for admission to the Ph.D. program for AY 2010-11, for five funded spaces in the program. We accept 5, and work our way down the wait list. Last year, we made offers to 15 people.

(2) My GREs are not so great; will my application still have a good chance?

The Admissions Committee evaluates each application holistically. The candidate's overall GPA and GPA in philosophy are important indicators of intellectual and philosophical ability, respectively. The quality, range, and difficulty of courses taken are indicators of a candidate's ambitions and commitment to the field. The GREs are considered in two ways; first, candidates whom the department nominates for the most prestigious university fellowships are competing against the best candidates in the sciences, humanities and the arts, and historically these candidates cannot win without outstanding or even close-to-perfect GRE scores. Second, a combined verbal and quantitative score of less than 1300 or so will usually count against an applicant, though other factors can outweigh the GRE, such as the combination of an outstanding transcript, writing sample, and letters of recommendation. The two most important elements of the application are the writing sample and the letters of recommendation. We also take into account the statement of purpose, which often gives clues to the applicant's level of preparation, ability to write, potential fit with the department, and seriousness of purpose.

The average GPA and GRE scores for those accepted into the Ph.D. program for academic year 2010-11 were as follows:

Undergraduate GPA: 3.85
Graduate GPA (which not all had): 3.95
GRE Verbal: 707
GRE Quantitative: 709
GRE Analytical: 5.4

(3) Can I get feedback about why my application was rejected?

The Admissions Committee regrets that it cannot offer individual feedback to applicants who were not offered admission. We strongly recommend that applicants talk frankly with their faculty advisors at their own institutions about their chances of admission to a Ph.D. program, and the overall quality of their application dossier.

(4) Can I visit the department?

Prospective applicants are very welcome to visit the department at any time, to visit classes and meet professors and students in the program.  We note, however, that all students offered admission to the program are invited to attend a recruitment weekend in the spring (usually in March), when they are given a thorough and in-depth introduction to the program and have many opportunities to meet the faculty and students. If, therefore, you are on a limited budget, it is better to wait.

  

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