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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Philosophy

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The Department of Philosophy offers the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy.

It is possible for students in the Department of Philosophy to plan a combined program with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science by fulfilling specific requirements in each of the departments. The Departments of Classics, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science jointly offer a graduate program leading to the MA and PhD degrees with an area of concentration in classics, philosophy, and ancient science.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Robert Batterman
Main Office: 1001 Cathedral of Learning
Fax: 412-624-5377

Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be obtained from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Philosophy, Graduate Administrator, 1001 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-5774. Fax: 412-624-5377. E-mail:


Applicants for admission must submit transcripts of all college-level work, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing assessment-analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit either the TOEFL administered by the Educational Testing Service or the IELTS administered by the University of Cambridge, Local Examination Syndicate. The required minimum TOEFL score is 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing). The required minimum IELTS score 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections). Applications will be accepted for fall term admission until January 10. The department admits students only for the fall term.

Financial Assistance

Many students in the PhD program are supported by fellowships or teaching assistantships/fellowships. The rates are set annually by the University. The department does not offer financial support to non-continuing MA students.





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