Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego boasts a highly distinguished faculty and an excellent PhD program, with roughly 48 full-time students in residence, in

  • Philosophy
  • Science Studies (along with History, Communications, and Sociology), and
  • Cognitive Science (along with Cognitive Science).

The faculty engage in research throughout a broad range of traditional and interdisciplinary topics, with special strengths in

  • moral and political philosophy (metaethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law)
  • history of philosophy (ancient, early modern, Kant)
  • philosophy of mind and language (perception, cognitive science) and
  • philosophy of science (physics, biology, ecology).

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.

The Setting

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 among the top 20 best universities in the world (U.S. News & World Report, 2016 Academic Ranking of Wold Universities released by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong, and The Center for the World University Rankings). Graduate programs at UC San Diego continue to rank highly as noted in the 2016 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook. UC San Diego boasts an extraordinary array of Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and national academy members.

Graduate Class Size

In any given year, there are usually between 35 to 45 philosophy graduate students in residence, almost all of whom are full-time students.

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Staff Contact

Anna Shonle
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (858) 534-3076

Faculty Contact

Eric Watkins
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (858) 822-0082