Philosophy

Program Category: PhD Programs
Chair: Michele Moody-Adams
Director of Graduate Studies: Carol Rovane
Director of Admissions: Achille Varzi
Website: philosophy.columbia.edu
Degree Programs: Full time: MA, MPhil, PhD

In response to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Philosophy is not accepting doctoral applications for 2021 admission. Please visit the department's website for more information.

The Master’s program offered by the Department of Philosophy remains open to new students for the fall of 2021; we encourage you to consider applying for the stand-alone MA program.

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Home to a distinguished tradition of philosophical research and teaching, the Department of Philosophy provides a comprehensive academic atmosphere for pursuing advanced study in a wide range of philosophical subjects and methods—systematic, analytic, and historical. The department has a faculty with an unusually broad range of interests and areas of expertise that span the main periods of the history of western philosophy and nearly every major area of contemporary philosophical debate.

In the PhD program, the MA and MPhil degrees are earned sequentially. PhD candidates must be enrolled full time. All of our PhD students receive a comprehensive program of financial aid, including fellowships and appointments in teaching.

For further information concerning any of our graduate programs, please see the department's website or contact the director of graduate studies or the director of admissions. 

Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) awards a certificate in Comparative Literature and Society. For more information, see the ICLS website.