Graduate Admissions to the Department of Philosophy will open late summer for the academic year 2019-2020. Deadlines will be December 1, 2018 for international applicants and January 10, 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.
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 10th. If you would like to send in a different writing sample from the one you submitted online, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 10th.
Each application requires the following elements:
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:
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 1st. International applicants should check the requirements for international applicants.
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. 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 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:
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:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Philosophy
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0232