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Admission to the Graduate Program


Students may begin the graduate program in either the fall or spring semester.  However, applicants who wish to be considered for financial support through fellowships and GTA appointments should anticipate beginning graduate studies in the Fall semester and must submit application materials by the following deadlines. 

Priority deadline for fellowship consideration: January 1

Priority deadline for GTA appointment consideration:  February 1

The final deadline for Fall matriculation is May 1.

 The final deadline for Spring matriculation is December 1.

Application Materials:

Applications for the Graduate Program in Philosophy at KU are submitted through the Office of Graduate Studies.

In addition to the application form, application fee, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc., the Philosophy Department Committee on Recruitment, Admission and Awards requires the following supplemental materials: 

Graduate Record Examination Scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical) or Law School Admission Test Scores (for applicants to the joint J.D./M.A. program)  KU GRE Code: 6871


A Brief Personal Statement of Academic Goals

A Writing Sample  preferably a sample of philosophical prose approximately 10-15 pages in length

International Students: Proof of English proficiency, as required by the Office of Graduate Studies. To be considered for GTA/GRA support, scores must meet the benchmark of Regular Admission. GTA positions also require at least a 22 on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL (8 on IELTS).  KU TOEFL Code: 6871

More information regarding transcript and letter of recommendation requirements is available on the Graduate Studies Application Process page.

The Department of Philosophy Committee on Recruitment, Admission, and Awards requires applications include all supplemental materials prior to review.

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Please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor, Cari Ann Kreienhop, with questions about the application process.

Cari Ann Kreienhop
Graduate Academic Advisor

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