Prospective Student Information
Applications are accepted October 1 - December 15 at https://gradapp.ucsc.edu
Required materials include:
General GRE test score
School code 4860
Official scores should be received prior to the December 15 deadline - or within a day or two. Plan ahead. It may take 4-6 weeks for a paper-based test to report and 10-15 days for computer-based testing.
Statement of Purpose and Writing Sample
In 500-1000 words you should describe your plans for graduate study or research (including who and what) and your future goals (occupation or profession).
Writing Sample of 4,000 - 6,000 words.
Three letters of recommendation
Letter should be from professors, professional contacts, or others who best speak to your abilities and academic potential in the field of Philosophy.
Letters are to be submitted electronically.
You will register your recommenders and their email addresses as part of the online application.
Official transcripts are not required at the time of application.
Instead, you should upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts to your online application. This can either be a scanned version of your official transcript, or, if available, a downloaded PDF from your institution's online portal. See the Document Scanning Guidelines for information about scanning and uploading your unofficial transcripts.
If admitted, prior to enrollment at UC Santa Cruz you will need to request an official transcript to be sent to:
UC Santa Cruz
Graduate Application Processing
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
A non-refundable fee must accompany the submission of your application materials.
The amount is $105 for domestic applicants, $125 for international applicants.
Fee waivers for cases of hardship are available to US citizens and permanent residents.
Department Manager & Graduate Program Coordinator
All correspondence will be through the email address you provide on the application.
Please do not send any application materials to the department office.