Prospective Student Information

Application Materials and Deadlines

Application materials and detailed instructions are available online through the UC Santa Cruz Grad Division website. Applications are open starting October 1, and close at end of day on December 6. Applicants may check the status of their application online or by calling the department office at 831 459-4578 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm). 

Required materials include:

General GRE Test Score 

School code 4860

Official scores should be received prior to the January 2 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

Application Fee

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.

Site Visits

We encourage prospective students to visit. Students accepted into the program are invited to a departmental visit in winter quarter. During the visit, prospective students meet with faculty, staff, and current graduate students, learn about the program and research being done and explore the campus. We encourage students to combine visits (and travel reimbursements) with other west-coast schools, UCSC travel reimbursements will be capped, detailed information will be available after visit invitiation is issued. Nothing replaces a visit, but many beautiful photos of the campus are available here.

Further Inquiries:

Paul Roth, Graduate Program Director 


All correspondence will be through the email address you provide on the application. 

Please do not send any application materials to the department office. 

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