Graduate Admissions

Application

Stanford’s Online Application, information about requirements and instructions for applying are available through the Grad Admissions website. The application opens each year in Fall quarter. 

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Deadlines

The online application is due by the following deadlines:

  • PhD: Tuesday, January 4, 2022

  • Masters: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

  • Knight Hennessy: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  • Coterminal Masters (internal Stanford students only): end of second week of Winter quarter,  Friday, January 14, 2022

Deadlines

The online application is due by the following deadlines:

  • PhD: Tuesday, January 4, 2022

  • Masters: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

  • Knight Hennessy: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  • Coterminal Masters (internal Stanford students only): end of second week of Winter quarter,  Friday, January 14, 2022

 

Supporting Materials
  • GRE scores will not be required in the 2021-2022 admission round.

  • Please DO NOT mail paper transcripts at this time.

Transcripts

Writing Sample 

  • Should be a recent writing sample on a philosophical topic
  • We recommend you send an example of your best work
  • needs to be uploaded into the application
  • Typically samples are around 20 pages or less
  • If submitting a thesis or document longer than 20 pages, please include a note pointing to most important passages
  • Secondary samples are allowed, please mark which sample is primary if including more than one

Letters of Recommendation 

  • Please have your recommenders submit their confidential letter via the online application.
  • Letters from recommenders are due by the deadline. Please have them in as soon as possible.
  • The application requires a minimum of 3 recommendations.
  • If a recommender is unable to submit their letter via the online application, please let us know. We can accept email letters directly from professors. 
  • For emailed letters from professors, the applicant must also send us a note saying they waive the right to see the recommendation.

TOEFL

  • Please check the grad admissions website for the latest updates about required tests: 
  • https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying/starting-your-application/required-exams
  • Grad admissions requires the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for most applicants whose first language is not English. This includes US citizens as well as international students.
  • Applicants who have received a Bachelors or higher degree from a U.S. school are usually exempted from the TOEFL.
  • For test criteria, please see the international section of the Grad Admissions webpage. TEST INFORMATION

GRE

  • GRE scores will not be required by Philosophy in the 2021-2022 admission round.

  • The GRE general test has been required in the past for Philosophy applications. Due to COVID-19 and the lack of available testing sites, GRE scores will not be required in the 2021-22 admission round. It may be required again in future cycles. If submitting them, GRE scores must be from within the last 5 years.

STATUS

Check the status of your application (e.g., letters of recommendation received, official ETS scores, etc.,) by logging into your application account Activity Log.

Knight Hennessy Scholars

Knight-Hennessy Scholars cultivates and supports a highly-engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world. Each year, Knight-Hennessy Scholars selects up to 100 students who are newly enrolling in a graduate degree program in any of Stanford’s seven schools. Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in an experiential leadership development program and receive funding for up to three years of graduate study at Stanford. Candidates of any country may apply. Candidates must submit two applications to be considered; one to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by early October and one to the graduate degree program by its deadline. Visit kh.stanford.edu to learn more. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars application to join the 2022 cohort closes on October 6, 2021 at 1:00pm PDT. 

 

  • Apply at https://kh.stanford.edu/
  • The KH application deadline is October 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.
  • For more information on the Knight-Hennessy Scholars please see: http://kh.stanford.edu
  • Applicants also need to apply separately to the department where they wish to study. 
  • The deadline for the application to the Philosophy department for consideration for the KH program is December 7, 2021.
Mailing
  • All department offices are currently closed, we are working remotely and not receiving physical mail and deliveries.
  • Please DO NOT mail paper transcripts at this time. Grad Admissions will request transcripts at a later time.

PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT
ATTN: GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
STANFORD, CA 94305-2155 USA

 

  • Email: philosophy@stanford.edu 
  • Phone to list on mailing forms if needed: (650) 723-2547 (for fastest response, please email)
Questions
  • For problems with the application website, please check the online help in the website.

For application fee waivers, apply through:

For exam waivers, or general questons, please contact the Central University Grad Admissions office:

For other questions, please contact Jill Covington, Philosophy Graduate Administrator 

For a helpful guide on getting into grad school from the School of Humanities and Sciences, please check:

PhD Selection Process

The selection of PhD students admitted to the Department of Philosophy is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the writing sample, the statement of purpose, the scores on the General GRE (Graduate Record Examination) when required (note not required during the 2021 round due to the pandemic), personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.