Prospective Graduate Student
Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!
Our program is relatively small, which allows for close interaction between students and faculty and among the graduate students. We present frequent colloquia featuring either distinguished visiting speakers or our faculty and graduate students. In particular, the weekly Graduate Student Research Colloquia provide masters and doctoral students the opportunity to present their academic research.
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. The M.A. is earned after 36 hours of coursework and passing a comprehensive oral exam. 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.
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All application materials are weighed carefully, but usually the most important criteria are the writing sample, the depth and breadth of previous training in philosophy (including GPA in philosophy courses), and letters of recommendation.
Among admitted students in 2011-16:
- 56% had an M.A. in philosophy or a closely related field.
- Their average GPA in philosophy courses in the immediately previous degree (either B.A. or M.A.) was 3.86.
- The middle 50% had GRE scores in the following ranges: Verbal 157-165 (74th-95th percentile), Quantitative 149-160 (37th-76th percentile), Analytical 4.0-5.0 (56th-93rd percentile).
The Department offers graduate courses at two levels. 800-level courses are comprehensive core courses in logic; philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of science; ethics; and ancient and modern philosophy. 900-level courses are advanced research seminars in a wide range of more specialized areas.
The Department offers approximately 12 graduate courses a year, divided evenly between core courses and research seminars. Most core courses are offered on a biennial schedule. Topics for research seminars change every semester.
Requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. are listed in the Graduate Student Handbook.
The Philosophy Department currently has 12 regular faculty members and approximately 25 graduate students in residence. The research and teaching interests of the faculty span all the major subject areas of philosophy (ethics, epistemology, history of philosophy, logic, and metaphysics), and many of the important specialties (including aesthetics, philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophy of mathematics, and political philosophy).
Financial aid is available on a competitive basis, in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships. For full consideration for funding, applications must be complete by January 31.
The Department has two Graduate Advisors whom graduate students can consult about any aspect of their academic careers. Students in their first three years who have not yet formed a dissertation committee are also assigned individual faculty mentors.
For more information about the graduate program in philosophy, contact Admissions Chair Reina Hayaki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-472-2031.