What will I learn?

The department of philosophy offers graduate study in most recognized subdisciplines and historical periods, and has been recognized as among the best Anglo-American departments in many of those fields. Graduate study at UB's Philosophy Department prepares students for carrying out original research in philosophy and fields of applied philosophy, and trains students to be quality instructors. The department is distinguished by a range of special interests and orientations in philosophy, the high quality of instruction, and by the high degree of faculty-student interaction, both in scholarly enterprises and in departmental affairs.

The Department is distinguished by its unusually wide range of special interests and orientations in philosophy, and by the high degree of faculty-student interaction both in scholarly enterprises and in departmental affairs. We have nationally-recognized researchers in aesthetics, the history of philosophy, philosophy of language, and metaphysics.

PhD Requirements

The equivalent of 24 courses beyond the BA (including seminar, tutorial, and dissertation credit) is required for the PhD. Students who have done previous graduate work elsewhere may have some of those credits transferred for the degree here. (Transfer credit is determined on an individual basis by the Director of Graduate Studies.)

The specific program of graduate study is determined in part by the individual student who, in cooperation with an assigned faculty advisor, plans course work and research, including the selection of special requirements and methods of evaluation appropriate to the student's interests. The initial task of the advisor is to determine how the student will meet departmental requirements and whether the student is ready to select a field of specialization.

Once central and peripheral areas of interest are determined, the student begins work through courses, seminars and tutorials. Courses outside the department are often appropriate additions to work in philosophy. The advisor evaluates the progress of the student at the end of every second semester and presents the evaluation to the Director of Graduate Studies and the department's Progress and Evaluation Committee. After two years in the program, students are assessed by means of Qualifying Papers that are evaluated by the faculty as a whole.

During the first three years of the program, the student is expected to satisfy the department's minimum breadth requirements, the equivalent of seven courses. These include logic (1), history of philosophy (3), contemporary value theory and metaphysics/epistemology (3).

The dissertation is advised by a committee of three faculty members. Before writing the dissertation, students are required to pass a “topical examination” on the proposed subject. Any requirement for reading knowledge of foreign languages is set by the student’s committee. This requirement varies and depends on the student's research area.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,


New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have: A master’s degree in statistics or biostatistics from an accredited college or university; Minimum GPA of 3.0; Minimum GRE scores of 146 for verbal and 155 for quantitative.

For international students

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.

A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.

Appropriate standardized test scores (DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, etc.).

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 79, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 550, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.5, the minimum score of PTE is 55, the minimum score of Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Old Scale is 60, New Scale is 185, the minimum score of Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Old Scale is 65, New Scale is 185.

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


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