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Graduate Program


Newly conferred Doctors of Philosophy

The University of Rochester offers a graduate program leading to a PhD in philosophy. The course of study includes:

  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of science
  • History of philosophy
  • Logic
  • Ethics
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion

The PhD program is scheduled to take five years. It consists of three phases: foundations, advanced courses and focused research, and the dissertation.

Thinking about applying to the program? Read the chair’s letter to prospective applicants and visit the PhD program and apply to Rochester pages.

Personalized, Collaborative Study

There are approximately 20 graduate students in residence. Graduate seminars are small. Individual tutorials are frequently arranged. The size and nature of the program facilitate close interaction among faculty and students.

The philosophy department maintains an active colloquium series with frequent visiting lecturers and presentations by Rochester faculty and students.

Philosophy students with interdisciplinary interests in psychology, computer science, economics, and decision theory will find opportunity and encouragement to develop those interests during their graduate studies at the University.

Cognitive Science

Coursework toward the PhD in cognitive science is offered in the departments of philosophy, psychology, computer science and linguistics. A typical student admitted to the philosophy PhD program who also receives a cognitive science degree does approximately a third of the work toward the PhD outside of the philosophy department.


Contact Zeynep Soysal, graduate admissions director, at (585) 275-8108 or

Paul Audi, graduate program director, at (585) 275-8111 or

Students can also contact Hayley Clatterbuck, the department’s graduate placement officer, at (585) 275-8109 or

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