Letter to Applicants

Fall 2020


Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our Graduate Program in Philosophy. Please apply online at https://connect.grad.uconn.edu/apply/.

Merit-based financial aid is available from the philosophy department in the form of Graduate Assistantships and fellowships. Teaching assistantships will range from $24,313.58 to $28,443.87 in salary for the academic year 2020-2021. Tuition is waived for Graduate Assistantships who are awarded half- or full-time teaching assistantships and with full-time registration (6 credits or more & maintaining a 3.0 grade point average or better). Both half- and full-teaching assistants may purchase excellent health-care coverage, heavily subsidized by UConn. Fellowships of up to $20,000 as well as work-study and other forms of support are also available. Graduate students accepted into the Ph.D. program are normally guaranteed up to five years of  support at the full Graduate Assistant  level contingent upon their making satisfactory progress through the program.

Our deadline for fellowship applications is January 15, otherwise the deadline for fall applications is February 1. Applications for admission without aid are accepted until June 1. Need-based aid is available through the Financial Aid Office. To access their form, please visit their website at http://financialaid.uconn.edu or phone (860) 486-2819. While we accept new students for both the Spring and Fall semesters, we typically have no financial support available for those who begin in the Spring, since we generally award aid packages for the entire academic year in the preceding Spring.

An application must include:

  1. three letters of recommendation, preferably from your Philosophy professors (forms not required)
  2. transcripts
  3. a statement of your academic goals and interests
  4. a 10-15 page sample of your best philosophical writing

As of the 2020-2021 application cycle, GRE scores will no longer be required.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. See the Graduate School website at http://grad.uconn.edu/online.html for more information.

Prospective applicants should be aware that our most competitive applicants have strong and detailed letters of recommendation, respectable transcripts showing an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a writing sample that shows philosophical promise. We are often asked about M.A. degrees earned from other institutions. We count M.A. degrees in philosophy towards our Ph.D., but we do not count M.A. degrees earned in other fields. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with an M.A. from another institution are reviewed after one year before they are allowed to continue towards the Ph.D.

Our faculty produces research that is internationally prominent. The size of our program (which admits about 6 new graduate students per year) enables faculty members to devote close attention to each student. The interests and expertise of the faculty are wide-ranging and our students are exposed to a variety of areas in philosophy.

The environment here is friendly and intellectually stimulating. We have weekly, informal brown bag discussions, in which graduate students and faculty can try out papers and idea. We also have a regular colloquium series, with distinguished outside speakers. Philosophy graduate students often take courses in UConn’s world-renowned departments of Psychology and Linguistics. The motivated student can also attend colloquia at Yale, Brown, UMass, Harvard, and other area universities.

If you have questions about our program or your prospects, please contact me by e-mail.



Mitchell Green

Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies

e-mail: mitchell.green@uconn.edu