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Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Philosophy


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

January 10th

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General (the subject test in Philosophy is not required)

Letters of Recommendation

3, on the official forms

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit sample work, and a statement of purpose.

Applicants expecting to be out of town during March or the first half of April should provide a telephone number (or numbers) where they may be reached.

Philosophy, Ph.D./Law, J.D.

The Philosophy department and the School of Law offer a concurrent degree program whereby students may pursue the Doctor of Philosophy and the Juris Doctor degrees at the same time. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of both schools. Applications may be submitted simultaneously, or current students in one program may elect to apply for the concurrent program. Applicants interested in the program should contact the Philosophy department and the School of Law.

Program Name


Leading to the degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

The Philosophy department admits only those who plan to earn the Ph.D. degree. The M.A. degree may be earned while completing requirements for the Ph.D.

Major Code



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