The Department of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego offers an unusually wide-ranging program of graduate studies staffed by a highly distinguished faculty. Our students pursue Ph.D. degrees in all of the traditional areas of philosophy. They may also pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, or a specialized Ph.D. in Science Studies, a program staffed with faculty from the History, Sociology, Communication, and Philosophy departments.
The Department may be best known for the extraordinary opportunities it offers for study in the philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and the philosophy of mind as it has been influenced recently by developments in philosophy of science, neuroscience, and cognitive science. The Department continues to have exceptional strength in the history of philosophy from ancient times to the twentieth century, and in moral/social/political philosophy.
Our faculty have produced distinguished research in all of the areas listed above, and we take seriously our obligation to help produce the next generation of researchers and teachers in philosophy. Prospective students are encouraged to look over the information on faculty research and publications included under Areas of Study.
UC San Diego is a nationally acclaimed research university spread out over 1,200 of the most scenic acres in America, much of it on bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. UC San Diego ranks as the 7th best public university in the nation (U.S. News & World Report) and 10th best in the nation for the quality of its faculty and graduate programs. It boasts an extraordinary array of Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and national academy members.
The San Diego area deserves its reputation as one of the most comfortable places in the world to live. The weather is mild and pleasant the year round, and thanks to ocean breezes and a more fortunate geography than our neighbors to the north, the air is clean, and there are innumerable recreational activities available.
The Philosophy Department is located on the 7th and 8th floors of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (H&SS). We attempt to provide all graduate students with office space in H&SS. Our department also houses a graduate student lounge, a computer room, a library and a seminar room.
In any given year, there are usually between 35 and 45 philosophy graduate students in residence. Almost all are full-time students, enrolled for 12 credits (usually three four-credit courses).
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (858) 534-3076
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (858) 822-4440
Email: Rick Grush