Graduate Programs

Student study session

Graduate Studies at UW’s Department of Philosophy is vibrant. Students pursue their M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in a variety of fields. The department has special strengths in Feminist PhilosophyHistory of PhilosophyPhilosophy of Science, and Value Theory.

Our faculty works collaboratively with many other units on campus, and our graduate students take courses in these affiliated departments and programs to augment and inform their philosophical research. Our students are currently writing dissertations on topics as diverse as undocumented immigration, ethical automaticity, and the social nature of science.

In addition, the department regularly hosts distinguished scholars from around the world to present their work to our community.

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle, takes seriously the importance of creating and maintaining a positive and welcoming environment for all students. Visit our Climate and Diversity section for more information.

It is the current policy of the Department of Philosophy to do our best to maintain financial support to all students who are in good standing. Visit our Graduate Financial Support page for more details.

Explore the links below for more information on the graduate degrees and certificates offered by the UW Department of Philosophy:

In addition to our degrees and certificates for matriculated students, we also occasionally accept students who wish to take graduate coursework in our department with Graduate Non-Matriculated Status.

Thinking of applying to our MA/PhD program? Learn about Admissions.

For more information on our graduate program, contact Graduate Program Director Professor Paul Franco ( or the Graduate Program Adviser Carla Saulter (