Ph.D. On Campus


University of Tennessee Knoxville

36 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Students will ordinarily hold an MA with a major in philosophy or an equivalent degree when entering the PhD program. However, highly qualified applicants without an advanced degree may be admitted directly to the PhD rather than MA program if that is their preference. The Philosophy program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



For students taking an MA in our department, 24 credit hours of additional graduate course work beyond those applied to the MA degree are required. For students admitted directly into the program without an advanced degree, 48 credit hours of graduate coursework are required. For those admitted with advanced degrees in other fields, the number of credit hours required will be determined by the Graduate Committee. 

In all cases, this does not include credit hours for work on the dissertation (PHIL 600) and the student’s dissertation committee may require additional course work at its discretion. See the department’s graduate student handbook for more specific requirements. The Philosophy program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

  • Students must normally demonstrate a reading knowledge of one living foreign language in which there exists a significant body of philosophical literature. 
  • In special circumstances relating to the area of dissertation research, the Graduate Committee may approve a language not satisfying these conditions or the requirement of a foreign language may be waived in favor of other appropriate research skills, if approved by the Graduate Committee upon recommendation by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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    31798 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
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