Why study Philosophy?

The Philosophy Department curriculum covers most areas in contemporary philosophical problems as well as most of the major periods in the history of philosophy. The department is especially strong in philosophy of mind and philosophy of the life sciences. Please consult the department webpage for information on the strengths of individual faculty. The Ph.D. program in Philosophy offers two tracks, the Traditional Track and the Sciences Track. Students in the Sciences Track do graduate work in a science and write an interdisciplinary dissertation.

The graduate program is a relatively small one which allows close working relationships between faculty and graduate students. In recent years, the ratio of faculty to funded graduate students has been nearly one to one. Distinguished visiting speakers are brought to the department on a regular basis. The department hosts an annual colloquium, which brings in up to a dozen scholars focused on a specific theme.

Admission Requirements

• GRE scores
• TOEFL scores (foreign applicants only)
• Writing sample
• Statement of purpose
• Three letters of recommendation (preferably from philosophy professors) submitted using the online system
• Official transcripts for BA and MA

Over 88% of University of Cincinnati Ph.D.s from the last decade are employed in academic positions; and 100% who graduated from 2008 to 2015 are now in permanent positions—tenure track or equivalent.  

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Philosophy program, please visit the Online Graduate School Application.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Vesna Kocani
207 Arts & Sciences Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6329

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Program Code: 15DOC-PHIL-PHD