Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Philosophy (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
- Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
- PhD in Philosophy (90 cr) with optional specialization:
- Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- History of Philosophy
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Law
- Philosophy of Mathematics
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Science
- Social and Political Philosophy
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Philosophy
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- 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 Consideration: January 31 for Fall.
- Otherwise: Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
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.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Philosophy of Language; Epistemology; Quine
Modern European Philosophy; Modern Jewish Thought; Spinoza; Anti-Semitism, Political Theory; Israel and Modern Jewish IdentityDirector, Harris Center for Judaic Studies
Epistemology; A Priori Knowledge; Perception
Logic; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Language
Epistemology; Philosophy of Social Science
Ancient Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy
Metaphysics; Philosophy of Science; Feminist Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind
Ethics; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Mind
Intersection of Law, Psychology, and Philosophy; Mental Health Law; Criminal Law; Capital Punishment
Ethics; Metaethics; Political Philosophy