Some of the students accepted into the Certificate program in philosophy have completed undergraduate philosophy majors or minors, but we also accept students with degrees in other areas.
Normally, applicants should have an undergraduate grade-point average of B or better, both overall and in philosophy courses. We sometimes admit students with lower averages if they can provide stropng evidence that they are likely to do well in work related to the Certificate.
We do not require GRE scores for application. However, such scores will be taken into consideration by the admissions committee if they are available.
The Philosophy Department has a two-part application to the MA program:
1. Applicants for admission must either (1) already have been admitted to graduate standing at the University of Nevada, Reno (generally in order to do doctoral or masters level work in another program), or (2) meet the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School's admission requirements for becoming a Graduate Special.
For information about Graduate Special status, see the University Catalog. To apply to be a Graduate Special, see the Graduate School website to access the Graduate Special application. Your official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School.
2. In addition, please send the following directly to the Philosophy Department (address below):
Department of Philosophy
Mail Stop 0102
University of Nevada Reno
Reno, NV 89557
If your record is unusual in some way and you believe that additional supporting materials would strengthen your applicaton, we would like to consider them as well. Please send them directly to the Philosophy Department address listed above. If you have questions, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Christopher Williams.
The deadline for application to our program is March 1 for Fall admissions and November 1 for Spring admissions.