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Admissions Requirements

All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent degree. The degree should be in the field of philosophy; provisional admission, however may be granted to promising applicants lacking a full undergraduate background in philosophy.

Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the "Admissions" section.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Philosophy requires the following materials:

  • A letter describing the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study in philosophy at The University of Montana.  The letter should clearly indicate if the applicant is applying to the traditonal or environmental track.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's philosophical abilities.

Application Deadlines

For Fall 2014 admission, the priority application deadline for the program as well as for assistantships is June 1, and the GRE must have been taken no later than the preceding May 15th.  Other deadlines may apply for financial aid; please see the Financial Assistance section immediately below.  Applications received after June 1 will also be considered.

For additional information please contact:

Department of Philosophy
Liberal Arts 101                                                                                                                                                      The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-5780

Phone: (406) 243-2949
FAX: (406) 243-5313
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Financial Assistance

The Department awards a limited number of teaching assistantships to qualified students. These carry a stipend of about $9,000 and a tuition waiver. You must indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Philosophy graduate students are also eligible for the Bertha Morton Fellowship and other University-wide financial aid programs, including those supported by the Federal government. Further information is available from the "Fees and Financial Aid" section of the Graduate School web site and from the UM Financial Aid Office .


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