The Humanities Office of Graduate Study

The Humanities Office of Graduate Study assists programs and their faculty in recruiting and retaining graduate students, mainly through supplying and administering fellowships. For incoming students, these include the prestigious Dean's fellowship, the Regents' stipend, tuition fellowships for out-of-state and foreign students, and special fellowships from named donors. The most highly ranked applicants will also be awarded dissertation fellowships they will use in the future. We also nominate students for a variety of diversity fellowships: the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for entering students, and the Faculty Mentoring Program Fellowship and the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship for continuing students. The Humanities Office of Graduate Study also assists in developing and coordinating school-wide interdisciplinary graduate programs and emphases. Already well-established, and nationally recognized for its excellence, is the Critical Theory Emphasis, open to graduate students from all departments.

Admission to the Philosophy Track

UCI’s graduate program in Philosophy is a doctoral program. At present, no students are admitted to pursue only the M.A.

To be admitted to the Philosophy program, students must have done well in their previous academic work and must be formally accepted as candidates for the degree by the Department of Philosophy. Furthermore, an applicant must have received a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university of acceptable standing. Although there are no formal course requirements for admission, applicants must satisfy the committee on admissions that their preparation in philosophy and allied disciplines is sufficient for undertaking study of philosophy at the graduate level. Applications from those already holding M.A. degrees are welcomed.

Application Checklist:

Open: September 1
Close: To be considered for financial support, the recommended deadline is December 1.  The Final deadline to submit applications is January 1. 

Institution Code: 4859
Application Fees: This payment must be paid by credit card ONLY. 

The application/admissions process occurs only once a year for Fall Quarter admission only via an online application.  The online application is centrally run by UCI Graduate Division.  Should any issues arise with the application, contact their office directly at

All applicants are required to submit the following materials: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Electronic Submission)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores (Electronic Submission).  This applies only to international applicants from countries where English is not the primary language.  
  • Transcripts – Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended since high school.  
  • Personal History Statement – Required by all students.
  • Three letters of Recommendation - Letters must be uploaded digitally; paper Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted.
  • Writing Sample (Email Submission).  All writing samples must be sent electronically to  All submissions must be PDF and saved as last name (space) first name (space) application ID number.  You will be assigned an application ID number at the time you begin the online application process.  Should email submission not be available to you, please contact Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia to arrange other accommodations.  Writing samples must demonstrate your ability to research and write within the field of Philosophy.  There no page restrictions or format requirements. 
All materials to be sent via mail should be sent to: 

University of California, Irvine
Att: Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia
172 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697-3390

In order for your application to be considered complete, the online application must be submitted online and the supplemental materials must be submitted to the department by the relevant application deadline.  

To learn more about the University’s admissions process, including electronic application, click here and Frequently Asked Questions

Decisions are made and applicants are notified by the middle of March. Admission to the program is highly competitive; in recent years only about 10% of applicants have been admitted.

Financial Support
Everyone admitted to the graduate program in Philosophy receives a five-year funding package that includes tuition, comprehensive student health insurance, fellowship support, and TA appointments.  Students are not required to apply separately for admission and financial support. 

5+2 Program

Every student admitted to the graduate program in philosophy at UCI is offered a five-year funding package. The terms and conditions of this funding package constitute the '5' portion of the so-called '5+2 program'. This program provides certain financial incentives to complete the Ph.D. in five years. But no student is required to finish their degree this quickly: some students, and some dissertation projects might require a longer period of study. A student who fails to meet the benchmarks set by the 5+2 program will still receive at least five years of financial support from the Philosophy Department and the School of Humanities. However, that support will not include summer funding after Years Three and Four or a dissertation fellowship in Year 5.

The Philosophy program is participating in the Mellon-sponsored 5+2 program and admits a select number of students to participate in the program. 

For more information, please visit the 5+2 page.

Other Funding Opportunities

The Philosophy Department encourages you to apply for graduate fellowships from government agencies and foundations. We have limited funding available for foreign students.

The Department is often able to provide teaching assistantships and associateships to all active graduate students in good standing in their second through fifth years.

If you have questions about application procedures or financial aid, email Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia at .  For further information on the academic program, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Duncan Pritchard.