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UCI Department of Philosophy
The Humanities Office of Graduate Study
The Humanities Office of Graduate Study assists programs and their faculty in recruiting and retaining graduate students, mainly through supplying and administering fellowships. For incoming students, these include the prestigious Dean's fellowship, the Regents' stipend, tuition fellowships for out-of-state and foreign students, and special fellowships from named donors. The most highly ranked applicants will also be awarded dissertation fellowships they will use in the future. We also nominate students for a variety of diversity fellowships: the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for entering students, and the Faculty Mentoring Program Fellowship and the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship for continuing students. The Humanities Office of Graduate Study also assists in developing and coordinating school-wide interdisciplinary graduate programs and emphases. Already well-established, and nationally recognized for its excellence, is the Critical Theory Emphasis, open to graduate students from all departments.
Admission to the Philosophy Track

UCI’s graduate program in Philosophy is a doctoral program. At present, no students are admitted to pursue only the M.A.

To be admitted to the Philosophy program, students must have done well in their previous academic work and must be formally accepted as candidates for the degree by the Department of Philosophy. Furthermore, an applicant must have received a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university of acceptable standing. Although there are no formal course requirements for admission, applicants must satisfy the committee on admissions that their preparation in philosophy and allied disciplines is sufficient for undertaking study of philosophy at the graduate level. Applications from those already holding M.A. degrees are welcomed.

Application Checklist:

  • Application for Graduate Admission (click here): This application includes a Statement of Purpose, a Personal History Statement,  and an application fee of $90 ($110 for international applicants).
  • At least three letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended. Please have your schools mail the transcripts to the Philosophy Department at 85 Humanities Instructional Building, Irvine, CA 92697-4555.
  • Official GRE scores.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores for International Applicants (Institution code 4859).
  • Writing Sample: Applicants are required to submit a writing sample in any area of philosophy. Writing samples may be sent via email to Kirsten Alonso at or mailed directly to the Philosophy Department at 85 Humanities Instructional Building, Irvine, CA 92697-4555.

Entrance to the program is normally in the Fall. The application deadline is December 15th for the following September. Decisions are made and applicants are notified by the middle of March. Admission to the program is highly competitive; in recent years only about 10% of applicants have been admitted.

To learn more about the University’s admissions process, including electronic application, click here.

The Philosophy Department encourages you to apply for graduate fellowships from government agencies and foundations. We have limited funding available for foreign students.

The Departmental is often able to provide teaching assistantships and associateships to all active graduate students in good standing in their second through fifth years.

If you have questions about application procedures or financial aid, email us at the  For further information on academic program, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Casey Perin.


Graduate Program Application: