Graduate Programs

Explore our Graduate Programs

Our graduate program produces first-rate scholars and teachers with a strong foundation in the history of philosophy, a well-rounded preparation in the diverse concerns of contemporary philosophy, and the skills to communicate effectively across different traditions and schools of thought. Our graduates have an established track-record of successful placement in tenure-track positions at liberal arts colleges and research universities.

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Master’s Degree

Our dynamic master’s program is known for its pluralism, close mentoring relationships between graduate students and faculty, and a faculty committed to teaching excellence as well as research. We cultivate supportive relationships among graduate students as we launch professionally active and successful graduate students into careers and the world at large.

Master’s Requirements

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Doctorate Degree

The department and faculty have particular strengths in a range of traditions and fields of focus. The program requires students to develop a broad knowledge of the history of philosophy, major fields, and various approaches and methods. We also welcome interdisciplinary approaches. Students are expected to concentrate in a specific area at the advanced level.

PhD Requirements

Graduate Courses in Philosophy

Our graduate students deepen their understanding of philosophy in courses taught by experts in the field. Browse the UO Course Catalog to learn more about our graduate courses.


Funding your Graduate Studies

Students admitted to the doctoral program are normally given a graduate employee position, which includes a full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monetary stipend. The department also offers travel awards for professional conferences and job interviews as well as other funding opportunities.

Funding and Research Support

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Prepare for the Professional World

Graduate students in the Department of Philosophy have numerous opportunities to teach and prepare their portfolios for career placement after graduation. As a member of our vibrant community, you'll also have the opportunity to participate in intellectual discussions and share philosophical resources and ideas.


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