Application Deadline: January 15 for PhD applications; March 1 for MA applications; March 1 for MA/MAUB applications.

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Required Materials


Submission Format

Application Form

Online Application Process

Statement of Goals

Online Application Process. Also, please send a copy to

Resume or CV

Send to

Letters of Reference (3)

A signed and scanned copy of the letter should be sent directly from the letter writer to Please ask your letter writers to use the subject line ‘Letter of Recommendation for Firstname Lastname’

Writing Sample (15-20 pages)

Send to

Official Transcripts

Sent electronically by your institution to, or via mail to the address below

Unofficial Transcripts

Send electronically to

GRE Scores

Sent by the testing service. Also, please send unofficial scores

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (if required)

Sent by the testing service. Also, please send unofficial scores to

n.b. Please send all electronic materials as attachments in a single email to, with the subject line ‘Application Materials for First name Last name.

All hardcopies of original transcripts should be sent to:

Department of Philosophy
Temple University
728 Anderson Hall
1114 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

For further assistance, please contact the Department Coordinator, Sonia Lawson at (215)-204-1742, or the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Kristin Gjesdal at

Application Form

  • An online application form is required, as well as an application fee of $60. The application fee can be waived for McNair Scholars. The online application may be filled out here.

Statement of Goals

Your statement of goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements:

      • Your academic background and research achievements
      • Your interest in Temple’s program
      • Your research goals
      • Your future career goals

Your statement of goals is submitted via the online application process, as well as via e-mail to

Resume or CV

  • A personal resume or curriculum vita is required.

Letters of Reference

  • Number required: 3
  • From whom: letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with your academic competence, wherever possible.
  • These letters should be written on official letterhead, signed by the letter writer, scanned, and then e-mailed to with the subject line ‘Letter of Recommendation for Firstname Lastname’. The cover sheet is not required.
  • Email your writing sample as an attachment to

Writing Sample

  • Your writing sample should be 15-20 pages, and should be a substantial philosophy paper.
  • No specific coursework is required for admission, although a strong background in philosophy is preferred. Those without a strong background in philosophy should apply for the MA.


  • Official transcripts should be sent by your institution, either electronically to, or via mail to:

Temple University
Department of Philosophy
728 Anderson Hall
1114 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

  • Also, if you submit a hardcopy of your official transcript, please e-mail an unofficial electronic copy to

Standardized Testing Scores

  • The GRE is required. Although there is no official minimum, GRE scores are evaluated competitively.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic scores are required (just one of the above) for non-native speakers.

Your test scores should be sent directly from the testing service. (The university code for sending GRE scores is 2906. Our department code is 2801.)


1. What is the deadline for applying?

January 15 for the PhD, March 1 for the MA and MA-MAUB.

2. What type of GRE scores do I need to apply?

Although there is no official minimum, GRE scores of admitted students tend to be in the 70th or above percentile. Higher GRE scores increase the likelihood of receiving funding.

3. Does the Department provide financial aid?

Financial aid is awarded to PhD students on the basis of academic merit. The Department nominates our strongest candidates for Graduate School Fellowships, and has some Departmental TA-ships to distribute. Students from underrepresented groups may also be nominated for Future Faculty Fellowships. Due to limited resources, the Department is not able to provide funding to all students, although the majority receive some funding eventually. MA students are not eligible for financial aid.

4. What is Temple’s placement record?

There are Temple graduates teaching in Europe, the US, Asia, and the rest of the world. In spite of a difficult job market, we are extremely proud that our graduates continue to be successful in securing academic and philosophy related non-academic positions.

5. What is the climate for women and minority students at Temple?

The Department aspires to create a welcoming environment that celebrates diversity. The Philosophy Department has a strong record of women and minority graduates, and a number of graduate students have recently established a Women in Philosophy reading group. Temple University as a whole is committed to diversifying its graduate population and the professoriate through its Future Faculty Fellows Program. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Kristin Gjesdal, if you have any further questions or would like to be put in contact with students currently in the program.

6. When will I find out if I have been accepted?

Review of completed applications usually begins in mid January. Most decisions are made by the beginning of March.