Graduate Studies in Philosophy at UF
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Florida is now accepting applications for admission to its PhD program, for students aiming to start in Fall 2018.
Advanced study in philosophy is challenging and demanding. Our graduate program is designed to provide students with systematic, advanced training in the discipline. For those with a deep and abiding interest in fundamental philosophical issues about ourselves and our world, the opportunity to study philosophy at this level is tremendously exciting. The department’s success in inculcating a high degree of professionalization in its graduate students shows in their success in placing papers at national and regional conferences and in publication.
Our philosophical community is lively and engaged—and we encourage a collegial and supportive atmosphere. At the University of Florida, we have a vibrant group of graduate student scholars who are exploring their highest aim–the pursuit of philosophy. We hope that people who join us at the University of Florida to do graduate work in philosophy will likewise find a level of excitement that matches the high level of training that we aim to offer. If you are considering graduate studies in philosophy, we invite you to explore our web site and contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information.
Graduate Program Description
Combined BA/MA Program
Degrees & Theses (–)
Note: During the budget crisis of 2008, the central administration at the University of Florida decided to suspend for a time admissions to a number of PhD programs at UF, including the PhD program in Philosophy. This explains the paucity of PhD degrees conferred since 2008.
Placement Narrative (1997-2009)
Between 1997 and 2009, 23 philosophers earned doctoral degrees in the Philosophy Graduate Program at the University of Florida. Of the 23 who sought an academic position, 21 had found one when we compiled this information. Of those, eleven had been placed in tenure-track positions. So of those who have sought an academic position, better than 91% found a position, and of those who did, better than 52% found tenure track positions.
Placement Narrative (1997-2014)
Between 1997 and 2014, 26 philosophers earned doctoral degrees in the Philosophy Graduate Program at the University of Florida. Of the 23 who sought an academic position, 21 had found one when we compiled this information. Of those, ten had been placed in tenure-track positions. So of those who have sought an academic position, better than 91% found a position, and of those who did, about 48% found tenure track positions.
Note: During the budget crisis of 2008, the central administration at the University of Florida decided to suspend for a time admissions to a number of PhD programs at UF, including the PhD program in Philosophy. This explains the scarcity of PhD placements after 2008.
The following list provides the name, dissertation title, dissertation supervisor, and placement information for each of the philosophers mentioned above who found employment in an academic position. For each person on the list, we provide his or her first or most recent tenure-track or tenured position, or the most recent temporary position we know of.
– Updated October 3, 2018
Placement Record (-)
A Message from the Graduate Coordinator
The Department invites students to apply for the Master of Arts program in Philosophy.
Students who pursue an M.A. in Philosophy at U.F. are provided a rigorous and well rounded education with a faculty boasting expertise in core areas of the history of philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, and ethics and value theory. They will gain skills and knowledge relevant to pursuing advanced degrees in related areas of law, political science, and other disciplines. The Department is committed to a strong M.A. program, providing graduate students with not only an excellent education but a supportive, active community of students, teachers, and scholars. Students admitted with funding are generally provided support for two years, the standard time for completing the M.A.
Students who complete this program are well-placed to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy, whether at another institution or here at UF. At present, however, we cannot admit students into the Ph.D. portion of the program. As you may have heard, during the budget crisis of 2008, the central administration at the University of Florida decided to suspend admissions to a number of Ph.D. programs at UF, including the Ph.D. program in Philosophy. We are unable at this time to make any confident predictions about when admissions to the Ph.D. may be reopened given the uncertainty about the budget situation at UF generally.
Please feel free to contact the Graduate Coordinator if you have questions about the program, how to apply, or anything else related to graduate education in philosophy at the University of Florida.
Dr. Robert D'Amico, Graduate Coordinator
For Prospective Graduate Students
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Florida is now accepting applications for admission to its PhD program annually.
Applications from members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.
Funding is available, in the form of Teaching Assistantships.
Applications should be received by mid-January to be guaranteed full consideration. We anticipate making initial offers of admission in March.
Note: The University has a Campus Visitation Program to give prospective Ph.D. students from underrepresented groups the opportunity to make a campus visit. See the CVP page for more information.
1. Things you will need to complete your application:
- General Requirements:
- application form
- official transcripts
- official GRE scores
- official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB test scores (if you are an international student from a country for which English is not an official language)
- Departmental Requirements:
- statement of purpose
- writing sample
- three letters of recommendation
- Teaching Assistantship application form (if you are applying for funding)
2. Apply online and pay the application fee.
3. Send an e-mail note to the Graduate Coordinator of the philosophy program after completing step 2 to notify the department that you have done so.
NOTE: If you are a non-US applicant (and get admitted into the program) you will be asked by UF to submit some additional forms. In particular, before enrollment, you must be able to complete the Certification of Financial Responsibility Form. More information on this important proof-of-funding document can be found on the International Student Services site. You may put down a Teaching Assistantship and Tuition Waiver as a source of funds, anticipating a successful application. Contact the Department Secretary for information about the amount for the current year, and for help with the form.
If you have questions or run into difficulties, please contact our Graduate Coordinator.