Letter to Applicants

Fall 2021

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 $24,800.30 to $29,013.08 in salary for the academic year 2021-2022. 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. UConn sponsors two university-wide Fellowships of up to $20,000—the Jorgenson and the Harriott (https://grad.uconn.edu/financing/fellowships/internal-awards/). Each requires evidence of scholarly achievement, and the Harriott also requires evidence of the applicant’s commitment to enhancing diversity. After submitting applications to The Graduate School, applicants will be able to submit a form to request consideration for the Jorgenson and Harriott Fellowships from the Application Management Page: http://connect.grad.uconn.edu/apply. We cannot consider your application for these Fellowships unless you fill out this form, so we encourage qualified applicants to complete it. 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 PhD applications is January 7, 2022, 11:59 PM (Eastern time), while the deadline for terminal MA applications is May 1, 2022.

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.

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

GRE scores are not 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.

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 graduate program, which is approximately 30-40 students in total, admits about 7 new graduate students per year. The interests and expertise of our faculty are wide-ranging and our students are exposed to a variety of areas in Philosophy. For information on our faculty, and their areas of research and publications, please see https://philosophy.uconn.edu/faculty/. Our faculty produces research that is internationally prominent, and the size of our program enables faculty members to devote close attention to each student.

Our department offers many opportunities for trying out ideas and brainstorming. They include: a weekly ‘brown bag’ discussion, in which graduate students and faculty in the department can try out papers and ideas; a  colloquium series, with invited outside speakers; chapters of SWIP and MAP; and several research groups.

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



Heather D. Battaly

Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies

e-mail: heather.battaly@uconn.edu