M.A. Admission and Application

The deadline for receipt of applications for both admission and financial aid is Tuesday, January 7, 2014 for all applicants. The Department admits new Masters students for entrance only in September. All decisions are made by March 15 and posted online.

To apply to the Masters program, fill out an online application via the Rackham Graduate School. If, for some reason, you are unable to use the online resources, please contact us by e-mail. Please use the following code when completing line 13 on the application: Code 00388.

In addition to the Rackham Graduate School application, each applicant is required to send the following directly to the Department of Philosophy.

  • Scores on the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination  (not the philosophy achievement test, however). The University of Michigan code is 1839. The Department of Philosophy code is 2801.
  • One copy of official transcript from undergraduate institution should be sent directly to the Department of Philosophy. Also, an additional copy should be sent to Rackham, per their instructions in regard to transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation written with a clear indication of the writer's academic position. Letters are to be sent to the Philosophy Department and can be sent by regular mail or the online application. If you are submitting letters of recommendation by paper click here to access the Letters of Recommendation form. If you are submitting recommendations via the online application, make sure that you register your recommenders when you fill out the online application.
  • List of the principal authors and texts used in your philosophy courses, including logic.
  • Statement of purpose (1-2 pages).
  • A sample of  philosophical writing (15-25 pages in length). (Papers cannot be returned.)

International Students, click here for additional application requirements.

You are fully responsible for the submission of a complete application. Failure to submit all the information and materials requested will result in your application not being considered for that year's admission class.

Once Rackham has received your application and application fee, you will receive an e-mail directing you to the Web Application Status page. This page records materials received and posts admissions decisions.