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 have in recent years been able to offer funding each semester to the majority of our M.A. students in the form of TA-ships.
 
We are NOT requiring GRE scores for Fall 2023 admissions.

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 Engagement Our Ph.D. program is currently 33% women and 23% non-white, and our graduate program overall (Ph.D., M.A., and BAM) is 25% women and 14% non-white. 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 four groups of applicants, as listed below. In every case, fee waiver requests must be initiated prior to completing an application. Domestic applicants must submit their request by December 15. Requests from international applicants must be received by November 1.

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. 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.

3. 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

To qualify under this third category, please provide a verification letter on letterhead from your current institution's financial aid office, with an original signature certifying the specific items listed above. 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. This material should be sent to Philosophy Graduate Program Assistant Karen Sites (karen.sites@colorado.edu).

4. Highly qualified international applicants from low-currency countries: International applicants will be considered for a fee waiver if

  • they come from a low-currency country;
  • they have strong academic qualifications;
  • their scholarly interests are a good fit with the interests of this department.

To qualify under this fourth category, applicants should supply

  • the statement of purpose from their application;
  • the writing sample from their application;
  • a brief account of their reason for requesting a waiver.

This material should be sent to Philosophy Graduate Program Assistant Karen Sites (karen.sites@colorado.edu).

If your fee waiver request is approved, the fee for applying will be paid directly by the University of Colorado. In that case, it is essential that you not pay the fee yourself. If you pay the fee, reimbursement is not possible.

If your fee waiver request is denied, your application will not be processed until the application fee is paid. 

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 2023.

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