This page provides information about admission to the MA and PhD programs in philosophy
at the University of Memphis. This page is intended as a helpful supplement to the
university's Graduate Bulletin (catalog), which takes precedence in any case of conflict. Students should be familiar
with the policies and regulations set forth in that document.
Prospective students are admitted in the fall semester of each academic year. Admission
is very competitive. The following prerequisites must be met to be considered for
admission to either the PhD program or the MA program.
(1) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
(2) A minimum of a 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale).
(3) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years.
(4) At least 18 semester hours in undergraduate philosophy courses including the following
courses or their equivalent: introduction to philosophy, ethics, elementary logic,
intermediate logic, history of ancient philosophy, and history of modern philosophy.
A Note on GRE Scores
Students applying to the Department of Philosophy graduate programs must take the
GRE and submit their scores with their application. (The University of Memphis GRE
code is 1459.) There is no minimum score requirement. GRE scores are used as just
one part of the overall assessment of a candidate's likely prospects for graduate
study. Factors other than the GRE scores are particularly important for the Department's
admission decisions. The writing sample, letters of recommendation, the student's
GPA generally and specifically in philosophy courses, and the statement of purpose
are weighted more heavily than the GRE scores since we have found that these other
components of an application are more reliable indicators of a student's readiness
for graduate study in philosophy.
A Note on Coursework
Students lacking any of the required undergraduate courses may be admitted to the
program on the condition that the course is taken without graduate credit at the earliest
How to Apply
To be considered for admission to the MA or PhD program, you must submit two applications: one to the Department of Philosophy, the other to the University of Memphis Graduate
School. Both applications should be submitted by January 5. Failure to submit both applications by the deadline may result in no consideration.
1. Department Application
With the exception of recommendation letters, the Department application cannot be
The following paper materials should be submitted directly to the Philosophy Department:
(1) Completed department application
(2) A writing sample (10-20 pages)
(3) Transcript (transcript provided to the Philosophy Department may be an "unofficial"
(4) A statement of purpose (1-2 pages)
These materials should be sent by post to the following address:
Director of Graduate Admissions
Department of Philosophy
University of Memphis
327 Clement Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
(5) Three confidential letters of recommendation (there is no accompanying form for
recommendation letter writers to submit) should be sent directly to the department
by the letter writers. The department will accept electronic submission of letters
of recommendation. They can be sent as an attachment (on letterhead and original signature
is expected) to Cathy Wilhelm.
2. University Application
The following materials must be submitted directly to Graduate School (not to the Philosophy Department):
(1) Application to Graduate School
(2) Transcripts (official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution)
(3) GRE test scores (test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the
The issuing institutions or testing agencies should mail official transcripts and
GRE scores to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
101 Wilder Tower
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 5.
|For further information regarding admission to one of our graduate programs, please
contact the Director of Graduate Admissions, Prof. Mary Beth Mader.