Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in philosophy at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
1. Apply Online
Applications for graduate study in Philosophy at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Students should apply after matriculation into their first MA program at DU, but before their fourth quarter of study in that program, including summers (third semester if enrolled in the law school). To propose a flexible dual-degree, the student must seek the counsel of an adviser in the philosophy department. All application materials must be received in the Office of Graduate Studies.
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed.
2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
If official transcripts were sent with the student's application to their primary M.A. program, no additional copies are necessary. An undergraduate degree in philosophy is desirable, but talented students from other areas will be considered for admission. Students must already have been accepted and matriculated into the master's degree program in another approved discipline.
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. Proof of a bachelor's, and if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. Applicants must also account for any study undertaken outside the United States. If study abroad course work with grades and course titles do not appear on a transcript, those records must be obtained as well. All transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU's in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.
3. Test Scores
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. Non-native English speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this requirement is independent of citizenship status.
The minimum TOEFL score accepted by DU is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted by DU is 6.0. Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary degree from an institution where English is the only language of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Individual graduate programs reserve the right to set higher test score requirements. Please visit the International Applicant website for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
4. Personal Statement
A short statement describing your interest in philosophy and career goals is required. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
5. Recommendation Letters
Two letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program's stated deadline.
6. Financial Support
To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website . International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Some programs provide competitive awards in the form of fellowships and/or assistantships. Contact your academic program for more information.
7. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at webCentral
Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:
University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802
For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete at least eight weeks prior to the program's application deadline.