Reach the next level
Reach the next level

Prospective Graduate Student

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!

We are a strong analytic department with 11 faculty members, whose research and teaching interests cover all of the major areas of analytic philosophy. We have particular strengths in epistemology and ethics. The size of our graduate program allows for close interaction between students and faculty and among the graduate students, in both academic and less formal settings.

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.

Below, you’ll find all the resources you need to succeed.

Application Requirements

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 2014-2019:

  • 58% 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 3.81.
  • The middle 50% had GRE scores in the following ranges: Verbal 156-164 (73rd-94th percentile), Quantitative 147-159 (27th-73rd 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 eight to ten graduate courses a year, divided evenly between core courses and research seminars. Most core courses are offered on a regular rotating schedule. Topics for research seminars change every semester.


The Philosophy Department currently has 11 regular faculty members and approximately twenty graduate students in residence. The research and teaching interests of the faculty span all the major subject areas of philosophy (ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, history of philosophy, and logic), and many of the important specialties including philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of physics, philosophy of law, political philosophy, and philosophy of race and gender.




Financial aid is available on a competitive basis, in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships. For full consideration for funding, applications should be complete by January 15.


Computers and printers are available for graduate student use. Office space is provided for students holding teaching assistantships or fellowships. A comfortably furnished common room housing a variety of philosophical journals, books, computers, and printers provides a study area for students and a setting for faculty-student interaction outside the classroom. The Department has two Graduate Advisors whom graduate students can consult about any aspect of their academic careers.


For more information about the graduate program in philosophy, contact Admissions Chair Reina Hayaki at