Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

Areas of Study
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
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Contacts for Philosophy

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Graduate Chair

Professor Mark van Roojen

Graduate Admissions Chair

Professor Reina Hayaki


Campus Address

1010 Oldfather Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0321

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Philosophy in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 7.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • List of philosophy coursework
  • Sample of written philosophical work
  • Statement of purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Philosophy
For Financial ConsiderationFall: January 31
OtherwiseRolling admissions, contact the department for more information.


The philosophy graduate program is relatively small which allows for close interaction between students and faculty and among the graduate students. There are frequent colloquia featuring either distinguished visiting speakers or University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and graduate students. In particular, the weekly Graduate Student Colloquia provide master's and doctoral students the opportunity to present their academic research.

The department has special strengths in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, but students write dissertations across a wide range of fields, including philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.

Requirements for both the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees include taking core courses in the main areas of philosophy (such as ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, history of philosophy, and logic) and writing research papers in the major areas of philosophy. Work toward the Ph.D. is completed by production of a dissertation. The doctoral program is designed to prepare students for the profession, providing both teaching and research experience.

Courses and More

Students in Philosophy are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Edward Becker
Philosophy of Language; Epistemology; Quine
Aaron Bronfman
Ethics; Epistemology
John Brunero
Ethics; Metaethics
Jean Cahan
Modern European Philosophy; Modern Jewish Thought; Spinoza; Anti-Semitism, Political Theory; Israel and Modern Jewish Identity
Director, Harris Center for Judaic Studies
Albert Casullo
Epistemology; A Priori Knowledge; Perception
Reina Hayaki
Logic; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Language
David Henderson
Epistemology; Philosophy of Social Science
Harry Ide
Ancient Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy
Jennifer McKitrick
Metaphysics; Philosophy of Science; Feminist Philosophy
Colin McLear
History of Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind
Joseph Mendola
Ethics; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Mind
Robert Schopp
Intersection of Law, Psychology, and Philosophy; Mental Health Law; Criminal Law; Capital Punishment
Mark van Roojen
Ethics; Metaethics; Political Philosophy

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