Thank you for your interest in applying to Rice University's PhD program in Philosophy. Please read carefully the application instructions, answers to frequent inquiries, and program eligibility and application requirements below. Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Humanities Graduate Admissions. For academic inquiries regarding the program, please contact Professor Gwen Bradford, Director of Graduate Studies.
Applications for Fall 2020 will open September 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 15, 2019.
Candidates will be notified of admissions decisions in February; communications will be sent to the email address provided by the candidate on the application form.
The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
APPLICATION FORM & FEE
Applications for Fall 2020 will open September 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 15, 2019. There is an $85 non-refundable application fee, payable online.
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 should briefly discuss reasons for applying to the department specifically, such as interest in a particular faculty member’s work, and describe any relevant research projects. Statements should be no longer than 500 words.
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.)
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 a letter of recommendation. 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: email@example.com or the Director of Graduate Admissions for Philosophy, Professor Gwen Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org.