Graduate Admissions to the Department of Philosophy will open late summer for the academic year 2020-2021. Deadlines will be December 15, 2019 for international applicants and December 30, 2019 for domestic applicants. You may apply as instructed below.

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 GRE scores and recommendations, in order to be fully considered. You should plan ahead accordingly.

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 December 30th.

Each application requires the following elements:

  1. online application form (filled out and submitted online)
  2. $60 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. 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 ETS send your GRE scores to CU Boulder. Have three (3) Letters of recommendation sent to us. There are three 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. Also be aware that the Department does require GRE scores from all applicants, international as well as domestic.

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 GRE and TOEFL (if needed) scores 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