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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 10, 2024 at 11:59pm (Eastern Time). Those hoping to be considered for University Fellowships (in addition to Departmental Fellowships) should also apply no later than this deadline.

Additional Application Materials

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

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

  1. A sample of philosophical writing
  2. A statement of purpose that accurately characterizes your current research interests. Optionally, this statement may also include any further information that you would like us to have about (a) your philosophical training (such as the courses that you have taken or the main texts that you have studied), (b) challenges or obstacles you have overcome and how this will contribute to your success as a graduate student, and/or (c) ways in which you might contribute to a positive learning community.

For more information, including Frequently Asked Questions about our Admissions process, please see here.

Please note that letters of recommendation should be uploaded electronically, within the Graduate School’s online application. The Graduate School’s website details this process here. UNC does not accept the electronic submission of letters of recommendation via Interfolio.

Our Department no longer requires GRE scores as part of our application for admission, and does not consider GRE scores during the admissions process.


Submitted applications, including those received before our December deadline, cannot be edited by the Department.
We are unable to add, delete, or replace any pages or documents.

International Applicants

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


The application deadline is December 10, 2024 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 non-discrimination policy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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 our Student Services Coordinator, Rebecca, at