Graduate Admission

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Applications are welcome from students whose philosophical interests are consonant with any of the areas studied within the Department.

Current graduate students come from virtually every geographical region of the United States. The Department regularly admits qualified students from other countries as well.

UB Philosophy Graduate Student Handbook

Further application information can be found in the UB Philosophy Graduate Student Handbook, via the pdf below.

Admission Criteria

  • Students entering the Ph.D. program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • GRE Waiver: Ph.D. applicants are not required to take the General (Aptitude) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or LSAT, however, it is recommended.
  • Students entering the M.A. program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • MA applicants are not required to take the GRE, however, it is recommended.

GRE Waiver

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not requiring students to submit GRE scores as part of their application materials for admissions to our graduate program. We do however encourage students who have GRE scores to submit them, as these scores may be helpful in securing university wide competitive fellowships.

What must my application include?

All applications must include the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • Electronic copies of transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate coursework. Only admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically.  Once you submit your application for final review, your professors will receive an automated email requesting that they upload their recommendation letter.
  • Results of the GRE general aptitude test (institution code 2925, department code 2801), or results of the LSAT.
  • A personal statement of two to three double-spaced typed pages, submitted electronically.
  • A writing sample of philosophical work that is 3000 - 6000 words (about 10 to 20 double-spaced pages)

International Applicants

International Applicants must also include:

1. International Applicant Financial Statement

2. Results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for international applicants whose native language is not English.

Institution Code for UB:  2925
Department Code for Philosophy:  2801

Be sure to review all requirements for International Student Admission on the Graduate School website.


  • Applicants whose native language is not English must establish proficiency by means of the TOEFL examination. For international students who are already in the US to complete a degree program, TOEFL is automatically waived.
  • The minimum scores required for each of the forms of the exam are (1) 555 for the paper based test (TOEFL PBT),(2) 213 for the computer based test (TOEFL CBT), and (3) 79 for the Internet based test (TOEFL IBT).