Graduate Division

Philosophy Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

UCI is home to one of the world’s leading graduate programs in Philosophy. There are two tracks to this program, a ‘Philosophy’ track that is run by the Department of Philosophy (in the School of Humanities), and a ‘Logic and Philosophy of Science’ track that is run by the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science (in the School of Social Sciences). These two tracks share a common core of requirements in history of philosophy, logic, ethics, and metaphysics and epistemology. Because each department makes its own admissions decisions, students should apply to the track whose curriculum most closely corresponds to their own interests.

What Sets Us Apart?

The ‘Philosophy’ and ‘Logic and Philosophy of Science’ tracks that UCI hosts collectively comprise one of the world’s leading graduate programs in Philosophy. For example, we are consistently ranked by the Philosophical Gourmet Report among the world’s top graduate programs for Philosophy. This is also reflected in our excellent academic placement record. The fact that UCI hosts these two graduate tracks in Philosophy means that we are able to offer a comprehensive education in philosophy and its history while also supporting specialised research for those interested in philosophical issues in mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. This means that we can offer graduate courses ranging from courses philosophy of quantum mechanics and decision theory to medieval ethics and phenomenology. With two Departments of Philosophy, UCI is also able to offer considerable strength in depth, with an unusually large number of high-profile faculty, currently around 25 full-time faculty in total, the majority of which are full Professors. Both departments host a regular programme of research activities, including international conferences, workshops, colloquia, research seminars. This ensures that our graduate students are studying in a rich research-intensive environment, both in terms of the UCI faculty that they get to engage with, and also in terms of the regular influx of distinguished faculty from elsewhere.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

7 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

UCI’s graduate program in Philosophy is a doctoral program. At present, no students are admitted to pursue only the M.A.

To be admitted to the Philosophy program, students must have done well in their previous academic work and must be formally accepted as candidates for the degree by the Department of Philosophy. Furthermore, an applicant must have received a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university of acceptable standing. Although there are no formal course requirements for admission, applicants must satisfy the committee on admissions that their preparation in philosophy and allied disciplines is sufficient for undertaking study of philosophy at the graduate level. Applications from those already holding M.A. degrees are welcomed.

Application Checklist:

Open: September 4
Close: To be considered for financial support, the recommended deadline is December 1.  The Final deadline to submit applications is January 1.

Institution Code: 4859
Application Fees: This payment must be paid by credit card ONLY.

The application/admissions process occurs only once a year for Fall Quarter admission only via an online application.  The online application is centrally run by UCI Graduate Division.  Should any issues arise with the application, contact their office directly at grad@uci.edu.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Official GRE Scores (Electronic Submission)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores (Electronic Submission).  This applies only to international applicants from countries where English is not the primary language.  
  • Transcripts – Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended since high school.  
  • Personal History Statement – Required by all students.
  • Three letters of Recommendation - Letters must be uploaded digitally; paper Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted.
  • Writing Sample (Email Submission).  All writing samples must be sent electronically to uciphilosapp@gmail.com.  All submissions must be PDF and saved as last name (space) first name (space) application ID number.  You will be assigned an application ID number at the time you begin the online application process.  Should email submission not be available to you, please contact Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia to arrange other accommodations.  Writing samples must demonstrate your ability to research and write within the field of Philosophy.  There no page restrictions or format requirements.

In order for your application to be considered complete, the online application must be submitted online and the supplemental materials must be submitted to the department by the relevant application deadline.  

To learn more about the University’s admissions process, including electronic application, click here and Frequently Asked Questions.

Decisions are made and applicants are notified by the middle of March. Admission to the program is highly competitive; in recent years only about 10% of applicants have been admitted.

Financial Support

Everyone admitted to the graduate program in Philosophy receives a five-year funding package that includes tuition, comprehensive student health insurance, fellowship support, and TA appointments.  Students are not required to apply separately for admission and financial support.

5+2 Program

Every student admitted to the graduate program in philosophy at UCI is offered a five-year funding package. The terms and conditions of this funding package constitute the '5' portion of the so-called '5+2 program'. This program provides certain financial incentives to complete the Ph.D. in five years. But no student is required to finish their degree this quickly: some students, and some dissertation projects might require a longer period of study. A student who fails to meet the benchmarks set by the 5+2 program will still receive at least five years of financial support from the Philosophy Department and the School of Humanities. However, that support will not include summer funding after Years Three and Four or a dissertation fellowship in Year 5.

The Philosophy program is participating in the Mellon-sponsored 5+2 program and admits a select number of students to participate in the program.

For more information, please visit the 5+2 page.

Other Funding Opportunities

The Philosophy Department encourages you to apply for graduate fellowships from government agencies and foundations. We have limited funding available for foreign students.

The Department is often able to provide teaching assistantships and associateships to all active graduate students in good standing in their second through fifth years.

If you have questions about application procedures or financial aid, email Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia at hinojosa@uci.edu .  For further information on the academic program, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Duncan Pritchard.

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

Ermanno Bencivenga, Ph.D. University of Toronto, Professor of Philosophy; Humanities


Sven D. Bernecker, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Philosophy


Annalisa Coliva, Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Professor of Philosophy


Marcello Fiocco, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Associate Professor of Philosophy


Margaret P. Gilbert, Ph.D. Oxford University, Abraham I. Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy


Sean Greenberg, Ph.D. Harvard University, Associate Professor of Philosophy


Jeffrey S. Helmreich, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Philosophy; School of Law


Aaron J. James, Ph.D. Harvard University, Professor of Philosophy


Stephen N. Jolley, Ph.D. Cambridge University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy


Bonnie D. Kent, Ph.D. Columbia University, Professor of Philosophy; Religious Studies


Joseph F. Lambert, Ph.D. Michigan State University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy


Alan Nelson, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy


Casey C. Perin, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Philosophy


Duncan Pritchard, Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Professor of Philosophy


Gerasimos X. Santas, Ph.D. Cornell University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy


Karl Schafer, Ph.D. New York University, Professor of Philosophy


Martin Schwab, Ph.D. Heidelberg University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; European Languages and Studies


David W. Smith, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Philosophy


Nicholas P. White, Ph.D. Harvard University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

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