Curriculum and Degree Information

The Graduate Center’s Philosophy Program offers Ph.D. and M.A. degrees, as well as classes for non-matriculated students:

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 Ph.D. page.

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 M.A. page

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.


Students may seek general and academic advice from the Executive Officer and Deputy Executive Officer. Additionally, the Director of Graduate Studies (currently Prof. Iakovos Vasiliou, serves as official academic advisor to all students until they are Advanced to Candidacy. Students are also encouraged to seek general academic advice (e.g. about course offerings and dissertation topics) from other members of the faculty.

Once the student is Advanced to Candidacy and registers for Dissertation Supervision, his or her prospectus sponsor or dissertation supervisor will serve as the student's advisor. This faculty member will be the student's adviser until graduation unless the student specifically requests a change. Such a request must go through the Program Office.