The application process requires two parts. Students must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies (Step 1) and apply to the
Philosophy Department (Step 2).

If the student is applying for financial aid, the application must be received by January 31st in order to be given full consideration.

Graduate Studies Application Requirements (Step 1)

After completing the form you will soon receive an NUID that allows you to sign in to MyRED, the University’s online personal records system where you can view a list of application materials received or still needed by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Philosophy Department Application Requirements (Step 2)

All application materials must be submitted electronically. We are no longer able to accept paper applications.

Within 24 business hours of your receiving your NUID from the University, you will receive a welcome email message asking you to login to GAMES (Graduate Admissions Management and Evaluation System) and provide additional materials and information required by the Philosophy Department. GAMES is a secure, web-based system that allows you to provide materials online.  You will be asked to provide basic information including:

  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors.
  • A short statement of purpose. This is a one-page narrative evaluating your own scholastic performance to date in terms of your professional goals and objectives.
  • A sample of written work in philosophy.
  • A convenient summary list of classes taken in philosophy, where taken, and the grade in each, plus a calculation of the GPA in these courses.

The student should request that official transcripts be sent from the institutions they attended. These should be sent to:

          Office of Graduate Studies:  Admissions
          1100 Seaton Hall
          University of Nebraska-Lincoln
          Lincoln, Nebraska  68588-0619
Important notes

It is important to realize that MyRED reflects your application status at the university level. Though materials required by Graduate Studies may be complete, this does not mean your application is complete as far as department requirements are concerned.

You must submit application materials on-line through GAMES. Be sure to finalize and “Submit” your application when you are satisfied with all materials provided.

Reference letter writers can be contacted automatically through GAMES and they will be able to electronically upload their letters through a secure web link. There is no need to have them send a hard copy.

GAMES reflects your application status at the department level. After you have provided all materials required by the department and finalized your application, GAMES will also be a valuable source of information on your application’s status.

Students with a BA may apply for the MA or for direct admission into the PhD; check the appropriate box on the application. Students with an MA or MFA may apply for the PhD.

If you have any questions, please contact the Philosophy Graduate Secretary at