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Application Procedure

Application Deadline

January 21, 2017. Earlier applications are welcomed.

The Rice Ph.D. Program in Philosophy accepts individuals for entry into the program at the beginning of the fall semester only.

How to Apply

Students applying for admission to our graduate program must submit the following:

  1. Application Form: A completed https://philgradapps.rice.edu for admission.
  2. Unofficial Transcripts: From all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Recommendations: A minimum of three letters of recommendation who are familiar with the applicant’s scholastic and personal qualities. Submitting four letters is strongly encouraged.
  4. GRE: Scores from the GRE® General Test
    - The school code for reporting your score is 6609.
    - The department code is 2801.
  5. TOEFL: The Test of English as a Foreign Language test is required for any student whose native language is not English, but is waived for an international student who received a degree from a university in which English is the official language of communication.
  6. Fee: A $85 nonrefundable application fee paid online by credit card or electronic check with your application form.
  7. Writing Sample: 5 to 15 page philosophy paper, emphasizing philosophical virtues like clarity, focus, and solid argumentation. Originality, critical thinking, and evidence of familiarity with important philosophical concepts are, of course, also important.  Read more about writing samples

Please Note: Writing Sample, Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, Unofficial Transcript should be uploaded online.

Rice University aspires to excellence in research and teaching, and to making the world a better place. To accomplish these goals, we believe that we must cultivate a diverse community of learning and discovery. The Philosophy Department strongly encourages applications from women and members of other groups underrepresented in philosophy. For information on the Philosophy Department's workshop on diversity ("Why So Few?"), see http://whysofew.blogs.rice.edu/, and for information on Rice University's diversity commitment for graduate students, see http://diversity.rice.edu

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