The Department of Philosophy at Duquesne University specializes in continental philosophy and the history of philosophy.
Our graduate program was among the first in the United States to concentrate on phenomenology and, more broadly, nineteenth and twentieth century continental thought. We remain committed to that tradition and focus on post-Kantian European philosophy, with multiple faculty working in German Idealism, the phenomenological traditions, social and political philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, as well as structuralism, poststructuralism, and their aftermaths. We integrate this into a broader emphasis on the history of philosophy as a cluster of research areas in their own right, as a set of methodological orientations, and as the necessary background for work in contemporary thought. To this end, we also have groups of faculty working in each of the main periods the history of philosophy, including ancient and classical philosophy, medieval philosophy, and modern philosophy.
The graduate program is central to the mission of the Philosophy Department and to our vision of its future. The mission of the Ph.D. program in philosophy is to provide advanced philosophical training to students with demonstrated outstanding scholarly competence so that they may pursue high-quality independent research under the mentorship of faculty, become independent members of the international philosophical community, and successfully find full-time academic employment or satisfying careers beyond the professoriate.
Our department hosts an active and vibrant philosophical community, including an extensive visiting speakers series and graduate research colloquium, student and faculty organized reading groups, and a strong graduate student organization.
Our graduate program is built around small seminars that engage primary texts and conceptual problems. We strongly encourage reading philosophical works in their original languages, when possible, and place a premium on our students developing a high level of competence in the languages related to their doctoral research. To that end, we offer substantial support for our students to pursue language study at Duquesne and through intensive summer language programs abroad.
After completing all coursework credits, Ph.D. students must register for 6 dissertation research credits (a minimum of 1 credit/semester) (PHIL 701). These credits do not count toward coursework requirements.
Submit the university application through the graduate application portal. Once submitted, the system will generate an application checklist page and allowing applicants to upload all supplementary documents.
Applications for this cycle are due no later than January 15, 2023.
Submit a transcript from each college or university you have attended. For the application process, transcripts from U.S. institutions may be submitted as legible scans (if you are accepted, you will be required to submit official transcripts before matriculating). If you hold prior degrees from institution located outside the U.S., you are required to have an official course-by-course report from a transcript credential evaluation service sent directly to Duquesne University. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional. They will be considered if submitted as supplemental information.
- Language test scores (international students only)
- Valid TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo language test scores are required for all applicants who do not hold U.S., Australian, Canadian, Irish, New Zealander, or U.K. citizenship; U.S. permanent resident status; or U.S. refugee/asylum status. If you are not covered by this list, you may still request a language test score waiver if you meet any of the following conditions: English is your native or primary language; you have completed four years of undergraduate-level coursework or two years of graduate-level coursework at an accredited U.S. university; you have completed four years of undergraduate-level coursework or two years of graduate-level coursework at an accredited non-U.S. university where English is the language of instruction. A prompt to request a waiver on any of these grounds is built into the online application system - please do not directly contact the Philosophy Department to request a waiver. If you are required to submit a language test score, applications cannot be reviewed (and application checklist page test score items will remain marked as ‘Awaiting materials') until official language score reports are received directly from testing agencies.
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive an assistantship renewable for five years. After the fifth year, students are eligible for competitively awarded dissertation completion fellowships offered through the McAnulty Graduate School. Financial support in return for additional adjunct teaching is also often available during the sixth year in the program.
Ph.D. assistantships include $18,000 per year stipends and full tuition waivers.The tuition waivers cover all tuition expenses associated with required coursework and dissertation credits, as well as any credits necessary to pursue language study. Additional stipend awards are also available for students to intensively study languages abroad during at least one summer in the program. Funding is usually available for students to attend conferences at which they are presenting.
In return for assistantships, students are assigned as Teaching Assistant for full-time faculty during the first two years in the program and then, after extensive pedagogical training, teach their own small, introductory-level classes (one per semester for the third and fourth year, two per semester for the fifth). During the fourth year, students are also assigned as Research Assistants to their dissertation directors, or, if a dissertation prospectus has not yet been filed, to a faculty member in their intended area of specialization.