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Graduate Program

Overview

Newly conferred Doctors of Philosophy

The University of Rochester offers a graduate program leading to a PhD in philosophy. Our program offers opportunities for research in:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Social and Political Philosophy

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

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.  The Graduate Students organize a biennial Epistemology Conference.

Faculty and graduate students organize several reading groups throughout the year including the Analysis Reading Group.  Recent topics of reading groups have included: post-Kantian German idealism, history of modern political philosophy, and philosophy of language.

Philosophy students with interdisciplinary interests in computer science, decision theory, economics, education, linguistics, and psychology will find opportunity and encouragement to develop those interests during their graduate studies at the University.  Our program also closely collaborates with the Center for Language Sciences.  

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.

Questions?

Contact Zeynep Soysal, graduate admissions director, at (585) 275-8108 or zeynep.soysal@rochester.edu.

Paul Audi, graduate program director, at (585) 275-8111 or paul.audi@rochester.edu.

Students can also contact Hayley Clatterbuck, the department’s graduate placement officer, at (585) 275-8109 or hayley.clatterbuck@rochester.edu.

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