Prospective Students

The Philosophy Department's graduate program focuses on the Ph.D. degree.  While the Department administers a master’s program, this is principally intended for students who are pursuing advanced degrees in other academic programs at Michigan, not for those seeking a terminal M.A.

Michigan’s faculty rates among the best in the world, with special strengths in traditional areas such as moral and political philosophy, history of ancient philosophy, history of modern philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, general philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language as well as more specialized fields like feminist philosophy, rational choice theory, formal epistemology, philosophy of law, and the philosophy of physics.  For more information see Faculty Interests.

Students with interdisciplinary interests may purse Master’s degrees in other academic departments, like Classical Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology or English, or may earn a Certificate of Graduate Studies in areas such as African American and Diaspora Studies, Complex Systems, Culture and Cognition, Environmental Justice, Latina/o Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Women’s Studies, just to name a few.  For a full list click here. Students who gain admission to both the Michigan Law School and the Philosophy Department are able to pursue a joint J.D./Ph.D. degree, which typically takes seven years to complete.

The Department offers six years of full financial support (tuition+ stipend + benefits) to all students admitted into the Ph.D. program.  International students are welcome and are eligible for full financial support.  No funding is available for M.A. students.  The Department may nominate qualified applicants for The Rackham Merit Fellowships, which provide slightly more generous financial support and additional terms of (non-teaching) fellowship.  For more information see Financial Support.