Ph.D. Philosophy

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Earn your doctorate from one of the most distinguished philosophy programs in the English-speaking world. Graduates from our program hold faculty positions at colleges and universities around the world.

About the Program

The study of philosophy is central to the mission of every great university. Through an excellent undergraduate major and our internationally distinguished graduate program, we offer students abundant opportunities to think deeply, analytically, and autonomously about questions fundamental to the place of the person in the natural and social world. As one of the nation's premier centers for original philosophical research, we are the academic home to a wonderfully dynamic and engaged community of students in daily interaction with a faculty of world-renowned philosophers.

Currently, the Ph.D. in Philosophy program is not offered online. All degree requirements must be completed in-person. If you have any questions about this, feel free to email

Areas of Study

Current areas of excellence in the doctoral program include ethics, political philosophy, the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, epistemology, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of law, experimental philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of language. Faculty are very accessible to students and are keenly interested in their philosophical development and professional success.

In addition to traditional areas of philosophy, concentrations are available that bridge philosophy with other disciplines such as law or cognitive science.

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