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Application Process

Completed applications for Fall 2018 admission are due January 8, 2018.
Applications for the doctoral program in Philosophy will open September 1, 2017, at https://philgradapps.rice.edu.
 
When applying, please do not mail hard copy documents. Applicants should upload unofficial transcripts and supporting documents to the online application system. After the application form is fully submitted, recommenders will be sent automated emails requesting that they complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation.
 
Note: Applications are accepted annually for Fall matriculation only. Applications are for the PhD program only; no terminal Master's degree program is offered.
 
Application Requirements

The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
 
APPLICATION FORM & FEE
Apply online at https://philgradapps.rice.edu. There is an $85 non-refundable application fee, payable online.
 
UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
Unofficial transcripts from previous colleges and universities. The department will review unofficial transcripts during the admissions process; official transcripts will be required after acceptance into the graduate program.
 
OFFICIAL TEST SCORES
GRE (Graduate Record Exam) - School Code: 6609 and Department Code: 2801. Scores from the general test only should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); scores must not be more than five years old. GRE scores are required regardless of educational background or previous degrees attained.
 
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (International applicants only)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores should be directly from ETS to Rice (School Code: 6609). Please see the following webpage for additional information regarding IELTS and waiver options: https://gps.rice.edu/qualifications.
 
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
A statement that concisely and accurately describes the applicant’s philosophical interests, motivations, and aspirations. The statement may briefly describe any relevant research projects, as well as discuss reasons for applying to the department specifically, such as interest in a particular faculty member’s work. Statements should be no longer than 500 words.

WRITING SAMPLE
A philosophy paper, up to 5,000 words in length, double-spaced, showcasing the applicant's best work in philosophy. (Longer papers may be considered, but applicants are advised to indicate which areas readers are to focus.)
 
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
Three letters of recommendation addressing the the applicant's personal and scholastic qualities are required, preferably from professors in the applicant's major field. 
 
Recommenders named in the application form will be sent automated emails requesting that they complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation only after the application form is fully submitted. We advise applicants to make sure recommenders know to expect this email and to give them sufficient time to complete this task, ahead of the application deadline.
 
Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Humanities Graduate Admissions: humagradadmissions@rice.edu or the Director of Graduate Admissions for Philosophy, Professor Gwen Bradford at gwen.bradford@rice.edu.