Philosophy

Program Category: PhD Programs

Chair: Wolfgang Mann

Director of Graduate Studies: John Collins

Website: philosophy.columbia.edu

Degree Programs: Full time: MA, MPhil, PhD

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.

The department also participates in the JD-PhD dual-degree program. Interested students should apply for admission to both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. See JD-PhD program for further details, or contact the director of graduate studies.

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.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a writing sample on a philosophical topic (a course paper, term paper, etc.), and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.

All international applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

For more information, please refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: Friday, January 6, 2017
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes
Writing Sample Number of Pages: 15-20*
GRE General: Yes
Degree Programs: Full Time