Philosophy: PhD

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a graduate program leading to the master of arts (MA) and the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees.

The program, which is pluralistic in orientation, requires students to develop a broad knowledge of the history of philosophy, major fields, and various approaches and methods.

Students are urged to concentrate in a specific area at the advanced level. Specializations are supported in:

  • American and Pragmatist Philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Critical Theory
  • Decolonial Philosophy
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Latin American Philosophy
  • Native American Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Data, Media, & Technology
  • Philosophy of Race
  • Political/Social Philosophy

Each student designs a program in consultation with the graduate advisor. Two or more years are typically required for completing the MA degree, and five or more years are typically required for completing the PhD degree.

A complete and detailed list of the university and department requirements for graduate degrees is available online through the department website.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - January 3