PhD in Philosophy: Online and Campus-Based Programs

Learn how to gain admission to a philosophy doctoral program, and get information about the classes offered. Find out about admission requirements, steps required to earn the degree, and career options after graduation. Schools offering Liberal Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is Involved in a Ph.D. in Philosophy Program?

Through a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) program in Philosophy, you will study modern and ancient philosophers, as well as logic, science, ethics and history. To complete the program, you must take a logic exam, demonstrating your ability to think rationally. You will also have to take a candidacy examination after completing your other courses. Most Ph.D. in Philosophy programs are available only on-campus, though you may have the option to complete them as a part-time student.

Online AvailabilityPrograms are typically offered only on-campus
Admission RequirementsBachelor's degree from an accredited university and possibly take a language exam to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language
Common CoursesNature of the mind, topics in formal logic, skepticism and perceptual knowledge, history of philosophy, philosophies of the mind, perception, and the body
Job ResponsibilitiesPerform scholarly research, study philosophies, offer advice in applying different philosophies, promote different self-help philosophies, teach at the university level
Median Salary (2018)* $71,890 (for philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)*12% growth (for philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Are the Admissions Requirements?

Unlike many doctorate programs, the Ph.D. in Philosophy does not require that you have a master's degree, though if you do, the program will take less time to complete. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. You may also have to take a language exam to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language like Latin, German, French or Greek.

What Courses Will I Take?

In addition to core courses, you will take several seminars in logic and thought processes. Research is an important part of the Ph.D. program and many courses are research-based. You will also have to write and present a dissertation. Some schools require that you spend a semester or two teaching. Some courses include:

  • Nature of the mind
  • Topics in formal logic
  • Skepticism and perceptual knowledge
  • History of philosophy
  • Philosophies of the mind, perception and the body
  • Philosophies on language and society

How Can I Use This Degree?

Earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy prepares you for scholarly research. With it, you can study philosophies and their pitfalls and successes. The scientific aspect of the program could allow you to offer advice in applying different philosophies, which could lead to you becoming a promoter of different self-help philosophies or revolutionizing modern thought. You could also teach at the university level.

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