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Philosophy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Norman, OK, United States
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma offers programs of study leading to two advanced degrees: a terminal MA, either with thesis or without, and a PhD.
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The department offers broad training in the major fields of philosophy. We are highly ranked in a number of fields: philosophy of religion, Chinese philosophy, and aesthetics, and also have particular strengths in epistemology, philosophy of language, virtue ethics, political philosophy, and the history of modern philosophy. We also have close association with the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, directed by Philosophy Professor Nancy Snow.

An excellent teacher-to-student ratio combined with small class size assures students of a program of study with extensive interaction with faculty. In addition to classes and seminars, the department offers a rich and lively philosophical environment with an emphasis on informal interaction between faculty and students. The department has an active program of visiting speakers, graduate students and faculty organize a wide variety of reading groups, and the University Libraries have large and comprehensive holdings in philosophy.

You may be admitted to the PhD program either with a previous MA degree in philosophy, or with only a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. If you come with an MA in philosophy, you may be granted up to 30 hours of coursework toward your PhD. 

This corresponds to two years' worth of coursework as a full-time PhD student. In exceptional cases, an applicant may be admitted with a degree in another field, if the applicant has completed substantial philosophy coursework. If you are admitted with only a Bachelor's degree in philosophy, then you will be required to complete the full 51 hours of coursework (plus 39 hours of dissertation research) here in our program. 

Each of our PhD students receives an assistantship. For students entering with the BA, the assistantship is guaranteed for five years, assuming satisfactory progress toward the PhD. The department has a strong record of placing our students in tenure-track positions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Asian Philosophy 
  • Contemporary Moral Issues

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Transcripts 
  • Financial Support Documentation 
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Admission Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28263 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28263 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    18378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18378 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Norman

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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