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


Checklist for Required Materials

Application Form

  • An online application form is required, as well as an application fee of $60. 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
  • Email the resume or curriculum vita as an attachment to

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 e-mailed by the letter writer to The cover sheet is not required

Writing Sample

  • Your writing sample should be 15-20 pages, and should be a substantial philosophy paper
  • Email your writing sample as an attachment to


  • No specific coursework is required for admission, although a strong background in philosophy is preferred
  • Original transcripts should be sent directly to the department, using the address:

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

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.)
  • Also, please send scores to

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

Please send all electronic materials as attachments in a single email to



  1. What is the deadline for applying?

January 15.

  1. 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.

  1. 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, as well as offering Departmental TA-ships. Students from underrepresented groups may also be nominated for Future Faculty Fellowships. Due to limited resources, the Department is not always able to provide funding to all students, although the majority receive some funding eventually. MA students are not eligible for financial aid.

  1. 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 (include link to placement record).

  1. 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 female graduates (link), 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. Espen Hammer, if you have any further questions or would like to be put in contact with students currently in the program.

  1. 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.



For CLA Application Guidelines, visit the Graduate Bulletin.