Baylor University Ph.D. in Philosophy FAQ

Q. Do we accept spring term admission?

A. No.  Fall term is our only admission period.

Q. Does Baylor offer a terminal M.A.?

A. The Philosophy Department at Baylor no longer offers a terminal M.A. degree. All admitted students have the option to receive an M.A. in Philosophy as the requirements are met on the path to the Ph.D.

Q. How do I apply?

A. Click here to apply online.

Q. What is required to apply?

A. For a description of the requirements, follow this link:

Q. When is the deadline for applying?

A. Early January each year

Q. What are the most important criteria for the admission committee’s consideration?

A. The department seeks a thorough understanding of the intellect and character of applicants. No one element of the materials included in a complete application is decisive. Nonetheless, fit with the program, recommendation letters, writing samples as well as GRE scores are important considerations for admittance.

Q. What is the average GRE score of those admitted?

A. Our most recent class had average GRE scores of 165 Verbal, 158 Quantitative, and 4.8 Analytical Writing.

Q. I would like to visit campus.  What is the process?

A. Schedule a visit by emailing Dr Alexander Pruss, the Graduate Program Director or Dr. Trent Dougherty, Associate Director at: or

We will subsidize a visit for admission finalists in the spring, so you may find it more economical simply to apply to our program, and then visit only if you are a finalist.