Graduate Admissions to the Department of Philosophy will open late summer for the academic year 2023-2024. Deadlines will be December 15, 2022, 10 PM Mountain Time for international applicants and January 3, 2023, 10 PM Mountain Time for domestic applicants. You may apply as instructed below.

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado Boulder.  You can learn more about each our three graduate programs — Ph.D., M.A., and Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s — by clicking on the links to the right.

We expect to enroll a full Ph.D. class (usually 5-6 students) and a full M.A. class (usually 4-8 students) in Fall 2023.  All of our Ph.D. students receive guaranteed funding for at least five years, in the form of TA-ships or graduate-student Instructorships.  And though most of our M.A. students do not receive full guaranteed funding, we are able to offer funding each semester to the majority of our M.A. students in the form of TA-ships.
 
We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic has been disruptive to all and that student experiences in its wake have not been equitable.  We will take this into consideration as we review applications.  We are not requiring GRE scores this year. (We plan to revisit the question whether to require them next year.)

All applicants are considered for both the Ph.D. and M.A. programs.  

Some resources and information you should know about if you are considering applying to graduate school in philosophy:

The Philosophy Department supports the University’s commitment to encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. These values are articulated in the University’s non-discrimination policy, by the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, and by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community EngagementOur Ph.D. program is currently 43% women and 25% members of underrepresented ethnic minorities, and our graduate program overall (Ph.D., M.A., and BAM) is 28% women and 16% members of underrepresented ethnic minorities. We welcome applications from all students, but we also hope to continue to attract and retain members of these underrepresented groups in philosophy. To this end, we strongly encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply, and we are offering targeted application-fee waivers (see below for details).

If you have any questions about graduate study in the Philosophy Department at CU Boulder or about your specific circumstances, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Chris Heathwood, at heathwood@colorado.edu.

Application fee waiver requests are available for three groups of domestic applicants. If you believe you qualify for an application fee waiver, please send an email to the Graduate Program Assistant Karen Sites (karen.sites@colorado.edu) with the required documentation listed below. The department will review the fee waiver request. If your fee waiver request is approved, the Graduate School fee for applying will be paid by the philosophy department. If denied, you will be notified by email and the application will not be processed until the application fee is received. Fee waiver requests must be received by December 15 for any application to be considered. After you have submitted your fee waiver request, please allow several days for your request to be reviewed by the department. We will send additional information, including status updates, via email.

1. Participants in the McNair Scholars program: In order to qualify for this application fee waiver, applicants must upload a verification letter signed by the current campus McNair representative. McNair Scholars should email gradadm@colorado.edu directly for instructions on how to proceed.

2. U.S. citizens who meet the following need-based eligibility:

  • are currently enrolled in a degree program with no breaks in enrollment from point of entry in a degree-seeking program. In order to qualify for this application fee waiver, applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program in the semester immediately preceding the academic term for which they are applying
  • have continuously received need-based financial aid in each term of enrollment
  • have had no breaks in financial support since onset of support

Please provide a verification letter on letterhead signed by your current institution's financial aid office to be considered. If you are unable to obtain a letter from your current institution’s financial aid office, please upload official financial aid award statements from all academic years of enrollment.

3. Participants in the Gates Millennium Scholars program: In order to qualify for this application fee waiver, applicants must upload a verification letter signed by a Gates Millennium Scholars representative. Applicants should email gradadm@colorado.edu directly for instructions on how to proceed.

We will be happy to consider your waiver request if you can satisfy these criteria upon receipt of the required documentation. While participation in select scholarship programs or payment waivers granted by other sources do not automatically grant fee waiver eligibility at this campus, we welcome fee waiver requests from participants who meet the above need-based eligibility criteria.

For the need-based application fee waiver category, please present a copy of these instructions to the financial aid office at your current institution and request a letter on University letterhead with an original signature certifying the specific items listed above (including both your enrollment history and financial aid history from point of entry at the undergraduate or graduate level). Forward this letter to Karen Sites. After you submit your application with the required fee waiver request documentation, the Philosophy Department will review your materials and mark your application payment as "waived" or contact you for additional information/payment.

For applicants with an approved fee waiver, the fee for applying will be paid for by the Philosophy Department. This is not a fee payment reimbursement process. If you pay the application fee by check or credit card, a waiver or reimbursement by the Philosophy Department is no longer an option. The Department will consider fee waivers on a rolling basis until the designated funds have been exhausted.

CU has adopted an on-line admissions system. Check out the general instructions for applying and submitting materials.

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. Be aware that the process of assigning a username and login credentials takes two to three business days and must be done before you can proceed; for this reason make sure you start your application well before the due date.

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.

Changes or updates to your already-submitted application should be sent directly to Admissions at gradprocessing@colorado.edu

Please note that applications must be complete by the deadline, including recommendations, in order to be fully considered. You should plan ahead accordingly.

Also please note that the application system closes at 10 PM Mountain Time on the due date. Do not plan on submitting late in the day on the due date.

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

 

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 3rd.

Each application requires the following elements:

  1. online application form (filled out and submitted online)
  2. $60 application fee (paid online)
  3. a writing sample (a sample of your philosophical work) (submitted online); the writing sample should be no more than 5,000 words.
  4. 1-2 page statement of purpose (submitted online)
  5. three letters of reference (submitted online)
  6. scanned unofficial transcripts from each institution of higher learning that you have attended. Uploading Transcripts

All applicants should use the online application portal.

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 $60 application fee on line. Have three (3) Letters of recommendation sent to us. There are two ways to have letters sent:

  1. 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 the deadline to submit your application. It is HIGHLY recommended that letters be submitted online in this fashion in order to ensure proper processing.
  2. If recommenders wish to send their letters by email instead of by uploading their letters, please have them email them to gradprocessing@colorado.edu

Transcripts should be scanned and uploaded or mailed as per above.

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 15th. International applicants should check the requirements for international applicants.

Check here to see if you are required to supply TOEFL / IELTS scores. The Department will not be requiring GRE scores for applications for Fall 2022.

International applicants have an early deadline of December 15th. This deadline is to ensure that application materials have time to be processed for the department. All applicants should use the online application portal.

You will first need to register. Fill out the on-line application, and pay the $80 application fee for international students on line. Have ETS send your TOEFL (if needed) score to CU Boulder. 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 them to the Office of Admissions (address below). Have three (3) letters of recommendation sent to us. There are two ways to have letters sent:

  1. 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.
  2. If recommenders wish to send their letters by email instead of by uploading their letters, please have them email them to gradprocessing@colorado.edu

Upload scans of unofficial transcripts or send your transcript(s) to the above address. 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
CU Boulder Philosophy
Hellems 169 UCB 232
Boulder, CO 80309-0232
karen.sites@colorado.edu
303-492-3172