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Department of Philosophy


Why Philosophy? Athena Teaching Student

Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.

Graduate Program Information

Graduate Bulletin


1. University Online Application (CSU Mentor)

  • All applicants to the program must first fill out an online application on CSU Mentor and pay the required fee by 1 March 2017. An SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status online.

2. Office of Graduate Admissions Requirements – Official test scores and transcripts must be received by 1 April 2017

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

  • GRE (and if applicable, TOEFL) test scores sent directly from ETS. (Institution Code: 4682)

    Send to:
    Enrollment Services
    Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit
    San Diego State University
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

3. Must be received by 1 April 2017.

  • A writing sample (a course paper is acceptable).
  • A statement of your research interests and professional goals (include a description of any relevant teaching experience and/or other information about you that you want us to know).

  • Two letters of recommendation – Applicant must provide names and email addresses for recommenders. Recommenders will be invited to complete the recommendation electronically.

If you have questions regarding Step 3, please contact Steven Barbone at (619) 594-0249 or e-mail

SDSU Philosophy Department