How To Apply to the Graduate Program | Philosophy & Religion

How To Apply to the Graduate Program

The Department's Graduate admissions deadline date this year is February 1, 2023-- this is for admission in the Fall 2023 semester. All materials must be received by the department by that date.

NOTE: Please contact Dr. Adam Briggle ( or Dr. David Kaplan( if you have any specific questions regarding the department, the program, or further concerns regarding the application process. Also, please review [] for comprehensive information about the MA and PhD Programs, Requirements, and Courses.

Five items compose your graduate application: 1) college and university transcripts, 2) a statement of purpose, 3) a writing sample, 4) three letters of recommendation, and 5) a CV/Resumé. Details for each of these items are as follows:

UNT requires official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and must arrive by the application deadline. Contact the colleges and universities you have attended about their processes for providing official transcripts.

Statement of Purpose:
The Department requires that the applicant should provide reasons for pursuing graduate work in philosophy at UNT and the specific areas of academic interest (e.g., sub-disciplinary areas of interest within the field). Please mail Statements of Purpose (500-750 words maximum) directly to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the address below.

Writing Sample:
The Department requires that applicants submit a sample, typically 15-25 pages in length, of the applicant's philosophical writing / research and send it directly to the UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion at the address below.

Three Letters of Recommendation:
The Department requires three letters of recommendation from persons able to personally evaluate the applicant's philosophical ability and potential. These letters should be mailed to the UNT Department of Philosophy and Studies at the address below.

Curriculum Vitae (CV):
The Department requires that the applicant submit a CV which provides an overview of the applicant's academic and professional life and qualifications. For information about a CV's structure and appropriate information, see [].

The application process can be split up into three parts, best performed in the following order:

1. Apply to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School, filed through
2. Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Contact the registrar's office at each institution. Most institutions will send transcripts directly to UNT. If not, have them send the transcripts to:

UNT Graduate School
1155 Union Circle #305459
Denton, TX 76203-5017

The transcripts must show you have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and earned the required grade point average. GPA requirements for UNT are:

  • a 2.8 GPA or higher on all undergraduate work used to complete a bachelor's degree OR

  • a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours OR

  • a 3.4 GPA on work for any completed master's degree.

3. Send Departmental Application materials (a statement of purpose, writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and CV) directly to the Philosophy and Religion Department at:

or you can mail materials to:

University of North Texas
Department of Philosophy and Religion
1155 Union Circle #310920
Denton, Texas 76203-5017

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