What will I learn?

A reading knowledge of one foreign language, e.g., German, French, Greek or Latin, is normally required for the doctorate, normally one that the student will use as a research tool for the dissertation. The requirement must be met at two levels: (1) basic language competence and (2) facility with the language in doing philosophy research. The dissertation topic may also require knowledge of additional foreign languages. In exceptional cases students may petition that the research tool requirement be fulfilled in another way than by knowledge of a foreign language, e.g., by a knowledge of statistics.

Continental Philosophy

Research Strength

Our course offerings in Continental Philosophy cover the variety of approaches developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in continental Europe. These approaches include phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, critical theory, structuralism, post-structuralism, and deconstruction, and the issues taken up cover the spectrum of philosophy. Among the philosophers covered in depth are Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Habermas, and Lyotard. A number of faculty contribute regularly in this area. Typical course offerings in the area of Continental Philosophy include:

  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Existentialism
  • Nietzsche
  • Marx
  • Heidegger
  • Levinas
  • Neo-Marxism
  • Critical Theory
  • Deconstruction
  • Feminism
  • Structuralism and Post-structuralism
  • Social-Political Philosophy
  • Topics in Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion, etc.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (48 semester hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,055 per credit hour
Start date

Expected August 2022


Loyola University Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Road,



60660, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The Graduate School welcomes applications from international students who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.

For international students

Students must have a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. They should have a solid background in philosophy, ordinarily an undergraduate major, including coursework in the history of ancient and early modern European philosophy as well as in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, and social-political philosophy.

English language requirements:

For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.

For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 79 on the iBT or a 550 on the written test is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.