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Graduate Admissions


Fall entry: January 15

Complete applicants for Fall admission may also be considered for university-wide Graduate Merit and Diversity Fellowships. Details about these Fellowships can be found at If you think you might be eligible for a Graduate Diversity Fellowship, please include a brief statement (a paragraph or two) with the material you submit to the Philosophy Department explaining why you may qualify. The department does not have funding for the MA program, and will not consider applications for this program unless they indicate some external funding source, such as from a grant, fellowship, or the military.

Applicants who apply by the January 15th deadline will be contacted by late March


This link should take you directly to the programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, which should make it easier to find the Department of Philosophy (as opposed to every “Doctor of Philosophy” degree in the university).

All applicants seeking admission to graduate study at Texas A&M University are required to submit a formal application. Instructions about how to apply to the university can be found at, including further details on the Applicant Information System and how to send material to the University by mail.

Your application must include:

  • Non-refundable application fee: U.S. Citizens – $65, International – $90
  • Some documents must be uploaded via the Applicant Information System (AIS) which you can access after you have submitted your application for admission and have received your Universal Identification Number (UIN).
  • Official Transcripts and Records: Submit to AIS transcripts from all post-secondary colleges or universities attended.  NOTE: You do not need to submit a transcript from Texas A&M University.
  • Permanent Resident Card/I-551/I-485. Permanent residents must submit to AIS a copy of the front side of their Permanent Resident card or proof of issuance of an I-551. Applicants for permanent residency must submit a copy of their I-485 indicating that an application to adjust status to permanent resident is pending with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Test Scores.  TOEFL scores (international students only) should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions. Use code 6003 for reporting TOEFL scores (Department code not needed). Starting in 2020, GRE scores are no longer part of the application.
  • Three letters of recommendation: These may be submitted into the AIS system. Letters must be submitted directly from the letter-writer.
Make Sure that you submit the following department-specific required documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation: These should include the signature of the letter-writer and must be submitted to the Philosophy Department directly from the letter-writer (PDFs preferred). Recommendations should be from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers). Recommendations may also be submitted into the AIS system.
  • Statement of Purpose: This should explain why you want to study at A&M and what areas of Philosophy you are interested in. If you are a Ph.D. applicant, you should indicate which fields you are considering using as your supporting Master’s degree. If you’ve already completed a master’s degree, explain how it compliments your research and teaching interests in Philosophy.
  • Writing Sample: This should be the piece of writing that you think best illustrates your ability to undertake graduate study in Philosophy.

On rare occasions the department accepts Non-Degree-Seeking (G6) students interested in taking graduate courses in Philosophy without working toward a degree. More information about applying for G6 status, please visit the Office of Admission’s website. In addition to the application, students must also submit the materials listed in section B above directly to the department.

For specific questions about your application, or if you have trouble uploading any of the required files, email or call (979) 862-1107.