Course Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 course credit hours in philosophy, at least 21 of which must be at the 700 level (not including Proseminar). Students are required to pass the following courses:

PHI 701Proseminar (First Semester)3
PHI 702Proseminar (Second Semester)3
Logic Requirement
PHI 611Formal Logic3
Ethics Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Ethical Theory
Political Philosophy
Epistemology and Metaphysics
Select one of the following:3
Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine
Mind and Language
Induction, Probability, and Scientific Method
Select one of the following:3
History of Logic
History of Ethics
Presocratics and Plato
Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
The Phenomenological Tradition
Research Requirement15
Doctoral Dissertation
700 Level PHI Electives21
Qualifying Exam 1
Language Requirement 2
PHD Dissertation 3
Total Credit Hours60
  • A comprehensive qualifying exam must be taken. Exams are given the grade of 0, 1 or 2. A grade of 0 or 1 is considered a failing grade with respect to qualifying to continue in the PhD program.
  • A student must receive a grade of 2 in order to proceed to the dissertation stage.  The student is provided with a reading list in their intended area of specialization. The student studies the material on the reading list, writes a paper of 7,000–10,000 words on a topic central to this material, and participates in an oral defense of the paper as it relates to the reading list.
  • Students can apply for Ph.D. candidacy after they have completed their coursework, received a mark of high pass on the qualifying examination and had their dissertation proposal approved.

A student who submits a dissertation proposal must possess the linguistic proficiency required by the proposed dissertation topic. This is determined by the dissertation proposal committee on the basis of examinations or coursework.


Presentation and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation.


In some cases certain course requirements may (with the approval of the director of graduate studies) be waived for students who have completed equivalent work as part of a prior M.A. degree in philosophy.


The requirements of the Graduate School as stated in this Bulletin