Graduate Certificate - Ethics, Law, and Politics

Admissions Information

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):

Letter of Intent -- a letter describing your interests and goals and explaining why you want to pursue your studies in our department. Be sure to indicate that you are interested in the Ethics, Law, and Politics Graduate Certificate.
Transcripts -- transcripts of your previous academic work
Writing Sample -- a sample of your recent writing in philosophy, if you have one; or of some other type of recent writing that will indicate your aptitude for philosophical work.
References -- two letters of recommendation may be submitted through the Graduate School or sent to the address shown below.

Graduate Admissions

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.