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.

Application Information

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required

Writing Sample:



Application Deadline

Completion Requirements

Fourteen courses including at least eight seminars, i.e., 2000-level courses or those 1000-level courses designated as seminars by their instructors; advancement to candidacy (based on satisfactory completion of course and distribution requirements and the third-year paper, and approval of a dissertation prospectus); the dissertation and oral defense of it.

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Department Chair
Joshua Schechter
Director of Graduate Studies
Richard Kimberly Heck

Contact and Location

Department of Philosophy

Location Address

45 Prospect Street

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box 1918
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