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Graduate Admissions Process and Deadlines


Thank you for considering the Philosophy Graduate Program here in Knoxville, Tennessee, in sight of the beautiful Smoky Mountains!

The Philosophy Graduate Program accepts new students only in the fall semester. The deadline for having all materials submitted is January 15. Admission and financial aid offers are made by the department by the end of February and applicants have until April 15 to accept or decline any offers.

We prefer graduate applicants to have taken a course in ancient philosophy, a course in the history of modern philosophy, a course in ethics, and a course in basic logic. If you have not taken all these courses, however, you may be allowed to complete them after admission to the Graduate School. More detailed information on the M.A. or Ph.D. programs can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

To apply for the Graduate Philosophy Program
Upload as Part of the Graduate School Application Process:

  1. Completed Online Graduate Application. (For general information about the application process, click here.)
  2. One unofficial transcript (official transcripts required after being admitted) from all colleges and universities attended, except The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  3. Resume or CV, per instructions provided as part of the Graduate School application process.
  4. A writing sample of approximately 4000-6000 words, per instructions provided as part of the Graduate School application process.

    In addition:

  5. Request that an official copy of your GRE scores be sent from the Educational Testing Service to the Graduate School. Please note that during the 2022 admissions cycle, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the department is waiving its requirement that GRE scores be submitted as part of a graduate application.
  6. Arrange for recommendations from three people familiar with your academic progress and achievements to be submitted electronically, per instructions provided as part of the Graduate School application process.
  7. International students: consult the Graduate School's Admission Guide for International Students for any further required documentation.

If you are interested in applying to our graduate program but the Graduate School’s application fee would cause financial hardship, the department may be able to reimburse that fee. Please contact Director of Graduate Studies Jon Garthoff ( for further information.

Financial Aid

During the Graduate School application process, you will be provided the opportunity to apply for financial aid from the department in the form of Assistantships. These include tuition waivers (and waiver of UT's "maintenance fee") and a stipend in exchange for the performance of teaching and/or grading duties. (Note: the tuition and maintenance fee waiver still leaves certain fees to be paid by the student; see The Graduate School also directly offers Fellowship and Assistantship opportunities.

Click here to Apply: Online Graduate Application

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