Graduate Division

Logic and Philosophy of Science Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

The Departments of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Philosophy jointly administer a Ph.D. program in Philosophy with two independent tracks. Both tracks begin from a common core of requirements in standard philosophical fields and branch off thereafter.  The LPS track is designed for students who wish to focus on philosophical research related to logic, mathematics, the natural and social sciences, and the history of philosophy of science; it is structured to offer graduate-level training in both philosophy and relevant areas of science.  Students who wish to do so may choose between three emphases, in Physics, Math, and Biology and the Behavioral Sciences.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • According to the Philosophical Gourmet report, UCI is one of the leading graduate programs in the English-speaking world in all areas covered by LPS faculty:
    • 1st (tie) in General Philosophy of Science
    • 1st in Philosophy of Mathematics
    • 1st (tie) in Game Theory, Decision Theory, and Rational Choice
    • 3rd (tie) in Philosophy of Physics
    • 4th (tie) in Mathematical Logic
  • Top ten in: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Social Sciences, History of Analytic Philosophy, and Epistemology
  • According the American Philosophical Association-sponsored Academic Placement Data and Analysis Project, the LPS track had the strongest academic placement record in Philosophy from 2012-2016
  • All graduate students in the program receive six years of guaranteed funding, and many have also won prestigious internal and external fellowships and awards, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Provost PhD Fellowship, and the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • The Department fosters an inclusive and collaborative environment with the culture of a research institute; graduate students are active researchers and respected colleagues who regularly publish articles in leading journals, such as Philosophy of Science and the British Journal for Philosophy of Science, often in collaboration with one another and with LPS faculty
  • In the past five years, LPS faculty have received approximately $2.5 million in extramural grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, offering many additional funded research opportunities for graduate students

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

6 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the LPS Track must have a bachelor's degree, but there is no formal requirement as to the field of that degree. The most natural undergraduate majors for LPS graduate students would be philosophy, mathematics, or the sciences, but those with other degrees who are interested in the fields of LPS should feel free to apply.

Deadline and How to Apply

All applicants must apply online using the UCI Online Application for Graduate Admissions. (The degree code for the LPS Track of the Philosophy Ph.D. is 1448.)  Paper applications are no longer used.

Applications will be accepted beginning September 1st. The deadline for submission is December 1st

Application Requirements

The following items are required as part of the graduate application:

Application Fee - US $105 (US Citizens and Permanent Residents); US $125 (international applicants)

  • GRE score
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for non-native speakers of English; see below)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • A writing sample
  • A personal statement

In addition, an interview is required prior to admission.

The writing sample need not deal with a topic in logic and /or philosophy of science -- though that is desirable -- but should exhibit the applicant's ability to argue clearly and carefully. The personal statement should explain the applicant's interests and provide any additional information that he or she would like the Department to consider.

Application fee waivers are available to qualifying US citizens and permanent residents: https://grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/fee-waivers.php. Fee waivers are not available to international applicants.

For further information about these requirements, click here.

If you have remaining questions, contact John Sommerhauser (socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu), the Social Sciences Director of Graduate Affairs or JB Manchak (jmanchak@uci.edu), Director of Graduate Admissions-LPS.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants for PhD admission. We cannot waive this requirement, even when the applicant has completed an advanced degree at another college or university in the United States.

The ETS institution code for the University of California, Irvine is 4859. The GRE departmental code for the Dept of Logic and Philosophy of Science is 2801.

We cannot accept GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT scores in place of the GREs. We do not require that applicants file scores from any of the various GRE (subject) tests available.

Test scores may be dated no earlier than February of five years before the Fall a student would matriculate, so, for instance, for Fall 2018 admissions, the GRE must be dated February 2013 or later.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The internet-based TOEFL(-ibT) is required of all international applicants except citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The test is also required of US permanent residents who did not attend four full years (and graduate) from high school in the United States.

In some cases, it is possible to waive the TOEFL (or equivalent) requirement for applicants who have completed high school, undergraduate, or advanced degrees in English speaking countries, as described here. However, be aware that it is University policy that international students who are not citizens of countries where English is the primary or dominant language (as described here) must take the TOEFL or an equivalent test before accepting a TA appointment; waivers for this requirement cannot be made. Moreover, for many international students, the TOEFL is a valuable source of information for the admissions committee. For these reasons, we recommend submitting a TOEFL score even if it is possible to have the requirement waived.

The ETS institution code for the University of California, Irvine is 4859. The TOEFL departmental code for the Dept of Logic and Philosophy of Science is 80.

A minimum overall score of 80/120 is required for admission, while a minimum sub-score of 26/30 on the Speaking component of the test is needed to qualify for financial support consideration. We cannot waive either of these minimum score requirements under any circumstances. Neither can we waive the requirement for current TOEFL or IELTS scores.

We can accept current IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as an alternative to the TOEFL-ibT, in which case a minimum 7/10 (overall) is required for admission, and 8/10 (Speaking component) for financial support consideration.

TOEFL-ibt or IELTS test scores may be dated no earlier than February of two years before the Fall a student would matriculate, so, for instance, for Fall 2018 admission, the TOEFL or IELTS must be dated February 2016 or later.

Financial Support

All applications for PhD admission are considered also for financial support, and all admission offers to LPS currently include six years of funding. Applicants are not required to apply separately for admission and financial support.

Our competitive, merit-based funding packages include annual registration fees and comprehensive student health insurance; a  combination of TA or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment with individual members of faculty, and fellowship quarters in lieu of employment. Summer support and, in limited  amounts, graduate student research and travel funding are also available.

All offers to non-residents of California, including non-US citizen  international students, include nonresident tuition in the first year or two of study.

Financial assistance based on need (loans, primarily) is available to qualifying student applicants, through UCI Financial Aid & Scholarships:

www.ofas.uci.edu/content/

All students applying for need-based financial aid are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

www.fafsa.ed.gov/

International students who are not US citizens or permanent residents are not eligible to apply for federal need-based financial aid aid.

Further information on assistantships and funding resources can be found here: www.grad.uci.edu/finance/

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Jeffrey A. Barrett, Ph.D. Columbia University, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science; Philosophy


Jean-Paul Carvalho, Ph.D. Oxford University, Associate Professor of Economics; Logic and Philosophy of Science


Matthew Foreman, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Mathematics; Logic and Philosophy of Science (ergodic theory and dynamical systems, logic and foundations)


Steven A. Frank, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Donald Bren Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Logic and Philosophy of Science


Jeremy Heis, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science; Philosophy


Donald D. Hoffman, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Cognitive Sciences; Logic and Philosophy of Science (machine and human vision, visual recognition, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, consciousness and cognition, shape from motion)


Simon Huttegger, Ph.D. University of Salzburg, UCI Chancellor's Fellow and Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science


Arthur D. Lander, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco, Donald Bren Professor and Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Pharmacology (systems biology of development, pattern formation, growth control)


Penelope J. Maddy, Ph.D. Princeton University, UCI Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science; Mathematics; Philosophy (philosophy of mathematics and logic, meta-philosophy)


David B. Malament, Ph.D. The Rockefeller University, Professor Emeritus of Logic and Philosophy of Science


John Manchak, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science


Michael T. McBride, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Economics; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Religious Studies


James L. McGaugh, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology and Behavior; Logic and Philosophy of Science


Richard Mendelsohn, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Adjunct Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science


Louis E. Narens, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Cognitive Sciences; Logic and Philosophy of Science (measurement, logic, metacognition)


Riley D. Newman, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Physics and Astronomy


Cailin O'Connor, B.A. Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science


Lisa Pearl, Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, Associate Professor of Cognitive Sciences; Linguistics; Logic and Philosophy of Science (linguistics, computational linguistics, language development, language change, Bayesian models)


Donald G. Saari, Ph.D. Purdue University, UCI Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Mathematics


Barbara W. Sarnecka, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Cognitive Sciences; Logic and Philosophy of Science (cognitive development, language development, number concepts, conceptual change, individual cognitive development, historical development of science and mathematics)


Jonas Schultz, Ph.D. Columbia University, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy; Logic and Philosophy of Science


Brian Skyrms, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, UCI Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science; Economics; Philosophy


P. Kyle Stanford, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science; Philosophy


Sean P. Walsh, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science; Linguistics (philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of logic and mathematical logic)


James O. Weatherall, Ph.D. Stevens Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science


Kai Wehmeier, Ph.D. University of Münster, Director, Center for the Advancement of Logic, its Philosophy, History, and Applications and Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science; Linguistics; Philosophy


Daniel Whiteson, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Logic and Philosophy of Science


Martin Zeman, Ph.D. Humboldt University of Berlin, Professor of Mathematics; Logic and Philosophy of Science (logic and foundations)

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