Applying to the Program

Submission Guidelines

1. Online Application, Application Fee, and Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit an online application. Consult the Office of Graduate Admissions website, and follow the link:  How to Apply. (Please specify that you are applying to the UH MAIN CAMPUS, NOT the downtown campus.)

There is an application fee of $40, paid when you apply online. (Checks are not accepted.)
For international students, there is an additional fee of $75 for a total of $115.

You will be asked for names and e-mails of three people who can write you letters of recommendation. You letter writers will be contacted electronically.

2. MyUH: Personal Statement and Checklist

A few days after your application is completed, you will receive an ID number with instructions explaining how to log onto MyUH.  Here you will upload your personal statement, which should be a BRIEF (less than 500 words) account of your background and interests in philosophy, along with any other information that will help us evaluate your record.

This site also provides you with a checklist so that you can see when letters, test scores, and other items you are sending have arrived.

3. Test Scores and Official Transcripts

GRE test scores (and TOEFL for international students) are required.  Test scores for admission should be sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Service.  Use code 6870 for reporting GRE scores.

 Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate institutions that the applicant has attended. When possible, transcripts should be sent electronically.  If an institution does not allow for electronically formatted requests, the transcript must be placed in a sealed signed envelope and sent by surface mail to one of the below addresses. Some mail providers do not deliver to a P.O. Box, so the Express Mail Address may be more appropriate for use by international applicants.

Regular Mail Address

University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, Texas 77253-3947

Express Mail Address

University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
501 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2012

NOTE FOR CANDIDATES WHO ARE ACCEPTED:  In order to register for courses, the registrant must have on file an official transcript showing the completion of the undergraduate degree.  Therefore for those students whose undergraduate degree will be awarded in May 2014, it will be necessary to send a new official transcript showing award of the degree by August 15.

4.  Writing Sample and Unofficial Transcripts

The following should be sent directly to the Philosophy Department:

James W. Garson

Director of Graduate Studies
513 Agnes Arnold Hall

University of Houston

Houston, TX 77204 - 3004

A hard copy of a writing sample of 3000 to 5000 words representing your best work in philosophy.

Hard copies of unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate work. We do not need an official transcript for this purpose. A printout of your academic record will be sufficient, as long as course numbers and their titles appear with the grades awarded.

 

Application Deadlines (for receipt of applications, not postmark dates)

  • For consideration for a Teaching Assistantship: February 16, 2015

 It can take some time to process transcripts, both at the sending and receiving ends, so it is wise to send in your application well before the deadline. For further information, contact the director of graduate studies.

  • Applicants who do not wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship may submit completed applications as late as March 16, 2015 to ensure fair consideration.
  • Applications later than this may be considered, but the likelihood of success is diminished.