Colorado State University


Frequently Asked Questions from Prospective Applicants

I am an international applicant. Do I need to take an English language exam?

Colorado State University requires that international applicants demonstrate proficiency in English language through the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic tests. Students are exempted from this requirement if the official language of their country is English or if they have recently earned a degree at an American University. View more information about international applications.

I did not major in philosophy as an undergraduate. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. An undergraduate degree in philosophy is not required in order to apply to the program.

My GPA is below 3.25. Will my application be considered?

In special situations, the Admissions Committee may accept a student with a GPA lower than 3.25, e.g., when other elements of the student’s application are truly outstanding or when grades were affected by extenuating circumstances.

How should my references submit their letters? Can they send their letters to the department directly?  Can I mail them to you?

Once you fill out their contact information in the online application system, your references will receive an email link to an electronic submission portal. This is the fastest and most reliable way for them to submit their letters.  If your references have problems uploading their letters, please contact the department’s Graduate Coordinator, Gaylene Wolfe .

Do I need to send an official copy of a transcript from an institution at which I took one course, even if that course is reported on another transcript?

Yes. Your application is not complete until Colorado State University has received official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. There are two exceptions: you do not need to submit transcripts for Concurrent Enrollment (courses taken during high school), and study abroad transcripts are not required if the coursework/grades are recorded on the home/US school transcript.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The M.A. program is designed to be completed in two years. Most students graduate in the spring or summer of their second year.

I have not met the minimum areas of undergraduate coursework listed on the graduate program of study. If I am accepted into the program, how do I complete these requirements?

Graduate students with certain deficiencies in their prior philosophy coursework may be required to take additional remedial undergraduate courses while enrolled in the program. Such remedial courses do not count towards one’s graduate degree, but they are taken in conjunction with students’ regular graduate coursework. See the last section of our graduate program of study for more information.

What is it like to live in Fort Collins?

Fort Collins is frequently ranked among “the best places to live.” View more information about living in Fort Collins.

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