Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

UPDATE: For the 2021-22 admissions cycle, the department will be waiving the GRE requirement. However, we will continue to require the TOEFL.

YES, We ARE accepting applications for Fall 2022!! 

Several applicants have wrestled with an issue of which semester… I’ve received this from UT’s grad admissions office. Hopefully this will help: 

ApplyTexas “features” that are generating a lot of questions!

There is a BANNER at the top of the login page for ApplyTexas, advising that apps for summer 22 and beyond are through a different site:



The Philosophy PhD program admits new students for a fall start; we do not have spring admission.

In assessing candidates for the graduate program, we consider a variety of factors, including GRE scores, grades in undergraduate and any previous graduate coursework, letters of recommendation, writing samples, and written statements. Admission to our program is highly competitive. Only about one applicant in fifteen is admitted. The median GRE score (verbal + quantitative) for admitted applicants for fall 2021 was 329 ; the median GPA, 3.89.

You don't need to have majored in philosophy in order to be admitted, nor do we require that you have an MA, but successful applicants typically have an undergraduate degree in philosophy, or a compararble level of preparation. We do not admit for a terminal master’s degree. You should have had some coursework in philosophy, preferably, in logic and in the history of philosophy.

Visit the My Status website to check on the status of your application to our program.  Information will be updated regularly.

Admission Application Deadline is

January 1, 2022

Submit the application materials by January 1, 2022 to the Graduate and International Admissions Center:

  1. Application  The University of Texas requires that you apply electronically, through ApplyTexas website. The online application includes the statement of purpose and electronic letters of reference.
  2. Three letters of reference (from teachers who know your work in philosophy or a related field).  Letters of recommendation MUST be requested and submitted ONLINE. This is a part of the online application.
  3. Transcripts You must upload one copy of the official academic transcript from every senior college you have attended. Transcripts are not required from junior colleges and community colleges. information sheet on uploading transcripts.
  4. GRE scores are OPTIONAL this cycle 2021-2022. Official GRE scores may be reported by ETS (The Educational Testing Agency) to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. (ETS code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882). Writing Sample, a sample of written work in philosophy, such as a brief term paper, roughly 4,000 to 6,000 words in length.  After you have completed the online application you can upload your writing sample via the My Status website.
  5. International applicants will be required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores.  The report is submitted by the testing agency to the  Graduate and International Admissions Center.  See their web site for further instructions.
Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC)
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, TX 78713-7608

Financial Aid (optional)

The application for financial aid is a section on the application for admission. However, many of our admitted students receive financial aid in the form of assistantships. 

Admitted students always receive financial aid, usually in the form of a TA-ship, and this gives them a monthly stipend, tuition assistance and pays for health insurance. 

The University of Texas Graduate student TA and AI wages have increases significantly effective this year. (Daily Texan article)

Teaching Assistants and Assistant Intructors in Philosophy earn a monthly stipend for nine months, pay tuition at the lower rate applicable to Texas residents, receive tuition assistance, they receive health insurance, and their dependents are eligible for health insurance benefits. If an applicant is admitted with financial aid, the department tries to continue aid for 6 years, provided they remain in good standing and meet minimum requirements.

TAs earn a monthly stipend of $2,111/Mo. and AIs earn $2,333/Mo for nine months.

In-state tuition for a graduate student taking a normal courseload of nine hours will total approximately $4,464 per semester. AIs, TAs, and Readers receive the in-state tuition rate plus tuition assistance that covers about 100% of the cost of tuition. 

We also award a modest number of competitive fellowships. In both cases, tuition and medical benefits are covered. Students also receive additional stipends for study, research, and academic travel; a limited number of summer assistantships are also available.

Students who meet certain criteria of personal and family financial need are eligible for various other awards administered directly by the University-wide Student Financial Aid Office-scholarships, long- term loans, and work-study awards.


Contact Sally Jackman, Graduate Program Coordinator