Graduate Programs

The Ph. D. program is designed to provide strong support for students’ research. After devoting two years to coursework, students begin their research by conducting literature reviews under the supervision of faculty members, and by enrolling in a seminar intended to promote work aimed at publication.

Graduate students in the Philosophy program may focus their studies on the following areas: epistemology and metaphysics (including philosophy of mind); ethics (including applied ethics, metaethics, and normative ethics); history of philosophy (including the ancient, modern, or 19th and 20th centuries); philosophical logic; philosophy of language; philosophy in literature; philosophy of law; philosophy of mathematics; philosophy of physics; and political philosophy.

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Required

Writing Sample:

Required

Dates/Deadlines

Admission Deadline

Completion Requirements

Sixteen courses including at least 10 seminars, i.e., courses numbered above 201 or designated as seminars by the instructors; advancement to candidacy (based on qualification review of coursework completed during the first three semesters, satisfactory completion of course and distribution requirements, approval of a dissertation project); dissertation; oral defense.

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Leadership

Department Chair
Bernard Reginster
Director of Graduate Studies
Christopher Hill

Contact and Location

Department of Philosophy

Location Address

45 Prospect Street

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box 1918
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