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, 2021-- this is for admission in the Fall 2021 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.

Six items compose your graduate application: 1) college and university transcripts, 2) standardized test scores, 3) a statement of purpose, 4) a writing sample, 5) three letters of recommendation, and 6) a CV/Resumé. Details for each of these items can be found below.
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.

Standardized Test Scores

The Department of Philosophy and Religion is waiving the requirement for standardized test for Fall '21 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 directly to the Department of Philosophy and Religion (address above).

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 (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 (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 four 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.

(The standardized test requirement has been waived for Fall '21)

3. Submit standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT, etc.) directly to UNT when you take the test or send an official copy of your scores to the UNT Graduate School. The UNT school code for the GRE is 6481. The UNT school code for the GMAT is 6DP-8M-55. The UNT school code for the MAT is 2255.

4. 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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