Graduate Application Procedures (Domestic)

Admission Deadline

Applicants must submit applications by January 2, 2018.  Students are admitted to the graduate program for only an autumn quarter start.

Admission Criteria

Graduate School Requirements

All applicants must meet the admissions requirements of both the Graduate School and the Department to be considered for admission. To find out about the Graduate School's admissions requirements and procedures see Understanding the Application Process.

Department of Philosophy Requirements

     Written Materials   The following need to be two separate documents:

  • Statement of Purpose and Goals articulating why the applicant wishes to pursue a degree in Philosophy, and specifically in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Washington. 
  • Academic Writing Sample must be in English and in philosophical writing that is 8-12 pages of written material, not including reference page(s). 

     Letters of Recommendation  

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.  Specific instructions on how to identify recommenders is listed once you begin an application.  The letters will need to be uploaded to the online application by the recommender once they receive an email link.  There is no recommendation form; however, letters should be on letterhead from the recommender’s organization.  The UW Graduate School online application is not associated with Interfolio and cannot accept recommendation letters via Interfolio and/or your recommender's Interfolio email.  

     GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

  • The GRE is required for all students.  GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date.  For students accepted into the Department of Philosophy, the average GRE scores since August 2011 with the revised GRE Exam have been: 162 Verbal Reasoning, 154 Quantitative Reasoning, and 46 Analytical Writing.  For GRE Exams taken prior to August 2011 scores have been 660 Verbal Reasoning, 710 Quantitative Reasoning, and 5.4 Analytical Writing.

The Department of Philosophy takes the following factors into account in the review of applications: the philosophical potential displayed in the articulation and breadth of the writing samples, letters of recommendation, undergraduate record, and GRE scores. 

All applications are reviewed together shortly after the deadline.  Decisions and notifications are made mid-March.     

We typically receive about 90 to 125 applications, and accept between 5 and 10 new students per year.

Application Process

Ready to apply? All applicants need to apply to the Department of Philosophy using the University of Washington's Graduate School website. 

Begin your online Application for Graduate Study at the University of Washington. Create your applicant profile and start an application. You can return at anytime to continue working, and then submit before the application deadline.  Please note:  The UW Graduate School online application is not associated with Interfolio. 

All application materials including letters of recommendation and transcripts are uploaded to your online application for the review process. Test scores should be sent electronically and directly to the Graduate School using the UW institution code. When requesting official GRE scores from ETS, use institution code 4854 for the University of Washington.

Financing Your Graduate Education with Department of Philosophy Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Philosophy reserves a few graduate student assistantship appointments for outstanding applicants to the graduate program. Students who are offered assistantship appointments receive tuition waivers, a stipend, and a health plan; however, minimal quarterly student fees and housing are not included. Awards will be announced no later than April 1st for the following academic year. The Department of Philosophy’s policy is to make an effort to support to all of department graduate students in good standing. 

The UW Financial Aid office and the UW Graduate School Fellowships, Assistantships, and Awards office are good resources to explore for funding options.