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Study diverse philosophical traditions to integrate the pursuit of enduring questions in the history of philosophy with contemporary problems and approaches. We offer graduate training that synthesizes these perspectives so that history of philosophy is a living tradition that bears on current debates, and current debates are analyzed with reference to their origins. The Ph.D. program in philosophy is one of the oldest at Marquette University.
Philosophy Ph.D. Outcomes
Develop professional advanced critical thinking skills that provide the basis for scholarly research, teaching and publication as well as a wide range of non-academic professions.
Help others to learn about philosophy: undergraduate teaching experience, with quality mentorship and training, is available to nearly all Ph.D. students. Enjoy the challenge of having full responsibility for all classes that you might teach. This is a great way to develop leadership and communication skills.
Focus on specific areas of research. At the Ph.D. level, we offer coursework in History of Philosophy, Ethics and Values, Phenomenology and Existentialism, and Philosophy of Mind/Science.
Get funded: We offer graduate assistantships for Ph.D. students that include tuition benefits and stipend for work as research and teaching assistants.
While university and college careers in teaching and research are the traditional paths for PhD students, there are a wide range of non-academic careers for both PhD and MA students. For more information check out:
Our PhD students have a very good placement record in academic positions including: Molloy College (New York), Canisius College (New York), Creighton University (Nebraska), Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile, Mumbai Institute of Technology, India.
Our PhD and M.A students have been successful in obtaining non-academic positions in a variety of careers including:
10 Advantages Marquette Graduate School Offers
1. A firm grounding in the history of philosophy and the history and theory of ethics.
2. Graduate-level courses taught by highly qualified professionals in a range of academic disciplines.
3. A customized course of study.
4. Flexibility to move through the specialization on a full- or part-time basis.
5. Evening and late afternoon classes.
6. A stepping stone for possible further study leading to a PhD in Social and Applied Philosophy.
7. The Catholic, Jesuit tradition of Marquette.
8. One of the five largest philosophy faculties in the United States.
9. A unique MA Specialization in Social and Applied Philosophy in the Great Lakes area.
10. The "hands-on" experience of an internship.
Learn more about Marquette's Philosophy graduate program.
Admission deadline - February 1
Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year.
Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.
Students interested in the Philosophy graduate programs may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.