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Applications to the graduate program in philosophy -- whether to the MA track or the PhD track -- must be made on-line at this location.  The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is January 15, 2017.  An on-line application form is used by Graduate Studies. Click here and here for application details.

Application Fee

The application fee is $105 for domestic applications and $125 for international. The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered as complete, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.

Application Requirements

Applications must include three letters of recommendation, transcripts of all colleges or universities attended, GRE General Test scores, and a writing sample. The GRE school code is 4834 and the department code is 2801. Letters of recommendation and the writing sample must be submitted electronically through the on-line application, which will provide instructions for submission. Hard-copy letters or writing samples will not be accepted.


UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit

Admissions Data

The following table shows the average scores for 2011 applicants.

GRE VerbalGRE QuantitativeGRE Analytical WritingUndergraduate GPA
All Applicants 628 682 4.6 3.58
Admitted Applicants 671 694 4.8 3.69

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