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Information about the Chapel Hill Philosophy graduate program is available here. Additionally, you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions on the Admissions FAQs page.

OnLine Application

To apply to our graduate program, please use the online application provided by the Graduate School.

We recommend beginning the online application process early to ensure that you can meet all the requirements by the application deadline, December 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Eastern Time). Those hoping to be considered for University Fellowships (in addition to Departmental Fellowships) should also apply no later than December 10th.

Additional Application Materials

All of the following materials will be accepted electronically, within the Graduate School’s online application:

1.) a sample of philosophical writing

2.) a statement of purpose which accurately characterizes your research interests

3.) three letters of recommendation; you will be prompted to submit the email addresses for your letter writers*

4.) transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended (one unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application; if offered admission, official transcripts will be required at a later date)

5.) official GRE test scores (these should be sent directly through ETS to the Graduate School, in addition to self-reporting scores on your application)

6.) *OPTIONALLY* additional information concerning your philosophical training that might help convey to the admissions committee an accurate sense of your background (e.g., a description of courses taken or a list of main texts studied).

*Recommendation letters should be uploaded in the online application system by the deadline (above). The Graduate School’s website details this process here. UNC does not accept the electronic submission of letters of recommendation via Interfolio.

International Applicants

International applicants should consult the Graduate School’s information page here.


The application deadline is December 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Eastern Time). All materials should be received by this date. Those students who wish to be considered for Graduate School fellowships (in addition to Departmental fellowships) should submit all their application materials by the deadline.


The Philosophy Department supports the University’s commitment to encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. These values are articulated in the University’s non-discrimination policy and by the Office for Diversity & Inclusion.


If you have any specific questions about our program which have not been answered on this site, you may contact the Director of Graduate Admissions or