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Program Information

The Graduate Center's program in Philosophy is designed to provide graduate students with a sound general training in the history of ancient and modern philosophy and in the main areas of current philosophical inquiry.

Learn about the Philosophy degrees that the Graduate Center offers below.

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program is intended for those who aspire to careers in teaching and research in philosophy at the college and university level. Degree requirements can be adjusted in individual cases to permit the student to work in related fields. The program encourages well-thought-out interdisciplinary work for its own sake and for the professional opportunities it may provide.

Areas of philosophical study at the Graduate Center include history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, moral and political philosophy, aesthetics, the philosophy of literature, applied and professional ethics.

For information on the requirements for the Ph.D., see the Curriculum section.

M.A. Program

The M.A. Program in Philosophy is offered as a terminal degree for students who wish to prepare themselves for admission to Ph.D. programs in philosophy; students who wish to pursue interdisciplinary studies; students who seek certification to teach philosophy at the community college or secondary school level; and for students who wish to pursue philosophy beyond the undergraduate level for their own personal satisfaction.

For information on the requirements for the M.A program, see the Curriculum section.

For information on admission requirements, see the Admissions section.

M.A. Program Specialization in Ethics in Society

The M.A. Program in Philosophy has created a specialization in "Ethics in Society." This program will allow students to pursue an M.A. in Philosophy under the Doctoral Faculty of the Program in Philosophy. The program will provide course work in applied ethics, professional ethics, and ethics in practice, moral theory and political philosophy as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and experiences of applying theory to concrete problems of society and the professions.

The M.A. Specialization in Ethics and Society is designed to meet the needs of people with an interest in ethics in society who want to pursue the subject or who have career goals that require the academic credentials of a degree granting program. Presently, no other program in New York City offers this level of training. The Doctoral Faculty includes philosophers with special expertise and stature in the areas of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, and a broad variety of applied ethics specialties: criminal justice, philosophy of law, business ethics, ethics of education, feminism, bioethics, environmental ethics, ethics and international relations, and social work ethics.

For information on the requirements for the M.A specialization in Ethics and Society, see the Curriculum section.

Nonmatriculated Students

Anyone who wishes to enroll in a Philosophy Program course as a nonmatriculated student must have transcripts documenting at least three undergraduate courses in philosophy, with excellent grades. Prospective applicants who meet this requirement should email the Executive Officer two weeks before the start of classes (and no earlier) to schedule an appointment to complete the necessary forms. Registration is subject to the availability of places in requested courses and the approval of the Executive Officer. There is a $75 application fee. Nonmatriculated students may take only two courses (at the per credit rate), after which they must request entry into the program.

Note: Please do not be concerned about the deadline posted in the Academic Calendar of the Graduate Center. Registration for non-matriculated students in the Philosophy program takes place after the deadline – in the week before classes begin each term.


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Philosophy Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Ave., Rm. 7113
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-817-8615
Executive Officer: Prof. Nickolas Pappas
Deputy Executive Officer: Prof. John Greenwood
Director of Admissions: Prof. Michael Devitt
Director of Placement: Prof. Kate Ritchie
Assistant Program Officer: Natile Clarke