Philosophy Graduate Program

Admission to the Terminal M.A. in Philosophy

Apply to the graduate program via the Office of Graduate Studies online application system.

Prerequisites:

In addition to the general admission requirements from the Office of Graduate Studies, applicants are expected to have taken the following six courses or their equivalents as preparation for graduate work:

  1. symbolic logic
  2. history of ancient philosophy
  3. history of modern philosophy
  4. history of 19th/20th-century Continental philosophy
  5. value theory
  6. metaphysics/epistemology (broadly construed to include philosophy of language and philosophy of mind).

Students may be admitted without some of these courses, but they are expected to make up the deficiencies early in their graduate careers and outside of the minimum hours required for degree.

Deadlines:

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:

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

Resume/CV

A Brief Personal Statement of Academic Goals

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

Applicants who indicate English is not their native language: Proof of English proficiency, as required by the Office of Graduate Studies. To be eligible for GTA support, TOEFL or IELTS scores must meet the benchmark of Regular Admission and the Speaking portion of the exam must meet the Employment benchmark in the English Proficiency policy.  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
ckreienhop@ku.edu
785-864-3665

Admission to the Fast-Track M.A. in Philosophy

Apply to the graduate program via the Office of Graduate Studies online application system.

  1. Completion or progress toward completion of a Bachelor's in Philosophy degree from the University of Kansas
  2. GPA of 3.5 in Philosophy
  3. GRE is not required, though the department will consider GRE scores if submitted with application materials

For additional information, contact the department Graduate Academic Advisor, Cari Ann Kreienhop, ckreienhop@ku.edu.


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