Philosophy (PHIL)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Arts and Humanities


The Department of Philosophy offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with emphasis on contemporary Anglo-American philosophy and the interaction of philosophy with other disciplines. Students often enter the doctorate program without an M.A. degree, but the M.A. may be earned on the way to the Ph.D. While the Ph.D. program is suitable primarily for students who wish to enter a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, the M.A. program is appropriate for those who want to deepen and expand the knowledge they gained as undergraduates or who wish to develop competence in philosophy to apply to some other professional field.

Financial Assistance

The Department administers a number of graduate assistantships and fellowships. Virtually all applicants admitted to the doctoral program are offered support, typically a combination of teaching assistantships and fellowships.


Fabrizio Cariani
Professor and Director of Graduate Admissions

Department of Philosophy
1125 Skinner Building
4300 Chapel Lane
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Fax: 301.405.5690


Courses:  PHIL

General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE, optional)
  • Writing Sample (one required, up to one more optional)
  • CV/Resume (optional)
  • Description of Research/Work Experience (optional)

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents January 11, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants January 11, 2023

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

A number of other departments and programs at the University offer graduate students additional opportunities for coursework and research.

In addition to the excellent libraries on campus, students may use other libraries in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area, such as the Library of Congress, the Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Eisenhower Library on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.

The Department sponsors a series of colloquia by visiting and local speakers throughout the academic year.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Bhogal Harjit Full Member B.A. (Hons), Merton College, University of Oxford, 2008; B.Phil, Somerville College, University of Oxford, 2010; Ph.D, New York University, 2017 Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Bub Jeffrey Full Member B.Sc., University of Capetown, 1961; B.Sc., 1962; Ph.D., University of London, 1966. Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Cariani Fabrizio Full Member Laurea (B.A.) University of Bologna 2003; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2009) Professor, Philosophy
Carruthers Peter Full Member B.A., University of Leeds, 1975; M.Phil., University of Leeds, 1977; D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1979 Distinguished University Professor, Philosophy
Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Affiliate Professor, Second Language Acquisition
Darden Lindley Full Member B.A., Rhodes College, 1968; A.M., University of Chicago, 1969; S.M., 1972; Ph.D., 1974. Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Philosophy
Professor Emerita, Philosophy
Research Professor, Philosophy
Affiliate Professor, Biological Sciences
Dwyer Susan Full Member B.A., University of Adelaide, 1985; B.A. Hons) University of Adelaide, 1986; Ph.D Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991. Associate Professor, Philosophy
Greenspan Patricia S. Full Member B.A., Columbia University, 1966; M.A.,Harvard University, 1968; Ph.D., 1972. Professor Emerita, Philosophy
Horty John Full Member B.A., Oberlin College, 1977; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1986. Professor, Philosophy
Kerstein Samuel J. Full Member B.A., Wesleyan University, 1987; M.A.,Columbia University, 1990; M.Ph., 1991; Ph.D., 1995. Chair, Philosophy
Professor, Philosophy
Laskowski N.G. Full Member B.A. Rutgers University 2008; Ph.D. USC 2017 Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Levinson Jerrold Full Member B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969; Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974. Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Affiliate Professor, Comparative Literature
Liberto Hallie Full Member B.A. Columbia University 2004; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison 2011 Professor, Philosophy
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Manekin Charles H. Full Member B.A., Yale University, 1975; M.A.,Columbia University, 1979; Ph.D., 1984. Chair, Jewish Studies
Professor, Jewish Studies
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Moller Dan Full Member B.A., Vassar College, 1998; B.Phil., Oxford University, 2000; Ph.D., Princeton University, 2005. Professor, Philosophy
Morris Christopher Full Member A.B., Vassar College, 1971; M.A., University of Toronto, 1974; Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1977. Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Pacuit Eric Full Member BS Ohio University, 1998; MS Case Western Reserve University, 2000; PhD Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2005. Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Pietroski Paul Full Member B.A. Rutgers 1986; PhD MIT 1990 Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Rey Georges Full Member B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1970; M.A.,Harvard University, 1975; Ph.D., 1978. Professor, Philosophy
Santorio Paolo Full Member Laurea (B.A.) University of Bologna 2005; Ph.D., MIT 2011 Associate Professor, Philosophy
Singpurwalla Rachel Full Member B.A., George Washington University, 1993; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2002. Associate Professor, Philosophy
Stairs Allen Full Member B.A., University of New Brunswick-Fredericton, 1973; M.A., University of Western Ontario-London, 1975; Ph.D., 1978. Professor, Philosophy
Williams Alexander Full Member B.A. Princeton University, 1992; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2005 Associate Professor, Linguistics
Associate Professor, Philosophy