The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit by the time the dissertation is completed. Candidacy for the doctoral program is determined by a formal vote of the entire faculty of the Department of Philosophy, usually after the student has completed three semesters of graduate study in residence. The PhD program is structured so that all degree requirements can be completed in five years, and the vast majority of our recent graduates have finished in 4.5 to 5.5 years. The entering class for the PhD program is four to six students every fall.
Requirements include courses in metaphysics and epistemology, history of philosophy, logic and philosophy of science, ethics, and value theory. Students are required to take a comprehensive examination that includes both a written dissertation prospectus and an oral defense. Upon successfully completing the exam, they begin work on their dissertation. There is no foreign language requirement. The director of graduate studies, Prof. Ali Hasan, can provide more information.
Financial Awards and Fellowships
Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. program with financial aid and who continue to meet relevant academic standards can normally expect at least five years of support. Funding is either in the form of teaching assistantships ($19,185.00 per year + full tuition stipend) or fellowship packages. On a competitive basis we are also able to offer summer funding that brings the total award to the range of $23,185.00 to $25,185.00 per year.
Students are also encouraged to apply for fellowships from outside agencies, such as the Mellon Fellowships offered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. (Note that the application request deadline is November 12 and the completed application deadline is December 1.)