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How To Apply

Fall Semester is the normal time of entry into our graduate programs. The curriculum is designed with Fall Semester entry as the norm. Furthermore, no assistantships are currently available for Spring Semester applicants.

The deadline for applications for Fall admission is April 25 and for Spring admission is November 15. However, in order to be given full consideration for a Departmental or Graduate School assistantship, applications must be received by January 6, for the Fall admission cycle. 

Applicants must submit some application materials to the Graduate School. Additional application materials must be submitted directly to the Department.

The Graduate School application process starts here. Please read and follow all instructions carefully. Incomplete applications cannot be processed by the Graduate School or the Department. Materials to be submitted directly to the Graduate School include:

  • Graduate School application form
  • Application processing fee
  • Three letters of recommendation—these must be submitted by your letter writers directly to the Graduate School online application system
  • Unofficial transcripts of all institutions attended—official transcripts will be required if you are admitted
  • GRE scores—these must be submitted by the testing agency
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • Certificate of finances, if applicable

The Philosophy Department also requires the following materials. You can send these materials in hardcopy to the Department at the address below or upload them to the application system together with your other materials:

  • Writing sample—preferably a paper written for an undergraduate or graduate philosophy course
  • Statement of purpose—a 500–1000 word statement, explaining which areas of philosophy you wish to pursue and why you wish to pursue them
  • Prospective Students Application for Assistantship form, if you wish to apply for financial assistance.


Please send these materials to:

Graduate Coordinator

Department of Philosophy 107 Peabody Hall University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602-1627


Please note: While it is understandable that applicants may wish to ask in advance whether their scores and other credentials are likely to lead to admission, it is unfortunately impossible for us to answer such questions. An applicant’s transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores (where applicable), letters of recommendation, assistantship application, statement of  purpose and writing sample all play a role in determining the Department’s admissions recommendation. The Department’s decision to recommend admission or rejection is a matter of judgment and cannot be reduced to a formula. Therefore, our advice can only be to apply and see what happens. 

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