Graduate Programs

MA and PhD Programs

The Graduate Department of Philosophy administers three graduate programs:

  1. An MA program
  2. A four-year PhD program
  3. A five-year PhD program

The four-year PhD program is designed for students with a substantial graduate background in philosophy (at least an MA at a comparable institution). The five-year PhD program is the direct-entry program for students with a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in philosophy.

The four-year program provides four years of funding and requires one year of coursework, while the five-year program provides five years of funding and requires two years of coursework.

The course of study that leads to a PhD in philosophy includes course work and the submission, the satisfaction of the Qualifying Requirement,  and writing and defence of a dissertation. Students are expected to work with at least two faculty members throughout the preparation of their dissertation.

Combined Programs and Collaborative Specializations

The department participates in one combined graduate program (Law and Philosophy) and five collaborative graduate specializations. A student in the combined graduate program in Law and Philosophy completes both a JD and a PhD in philosophy. A student in one of the collaborative graduate specializations completes a PhD in philosophy with distinctive requirements suited to their collaborative specialization, and receives a special notation on their transcript at the end of the program. The following links give details on these programs and specializations.