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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Philosophy Boston University



Course info


The PhD in Philosophy prepares students for a position pursuing research and teaching philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing our PhD program are expected to:

Acquire the conceptual ability, and the speaking and writing skills, needed for intensive examination of questions concerning what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful.
Gain significant knowledge of the canonical works of both Antiquity and Modernity, as well as the basic issues and texts of contemporary philosophy.
Learn to develop strong arguments that can be defended in a professional forum.
Upon graduation, have made an original contribution to the field.
Learn how to cope with the demands of the profession while retaining the enthusiasm for the study of philosophy that animated them at the outset of their careers.
Display curiosity about, and interest and engagement in, the world in which they live.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Philosophy.

Full Time (64 credits)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


02 Sep


College of Arts and Sciences

725 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Those who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or with equivalent international education may apply. You may apply to any program if you have both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

English proficiency

Minimum TOEFL Requirements - paper-based test: 550; internet-based test: Reading section – 21, Listening section – 21, Speaking section – 21, Writing section – 21.

Minimum IELTS Requirements - he overall band score of 7.0 is required for admission to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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