The Department of Philosophy specializes in analytic as opposed to continental European approaches to philosophy. Our faculty is large, with a wide range of philosophical interests. Students can pursue work in ancient, medieval and modern history of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of science, and many areas in value theory including meta-ethics, normative theory, political philosophy and practical ethics. The Center for Values and Social Policy sponsors many special events, especially in areas such as environmental ethics, science policy, feminist ethics and bioethics. Some students take graduate certificates in related fields such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Environmental Policy and Cognitive Science.

Degrees Offered


Degree Details

Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of philosophy and a successful thesis defense.

Requires 45 hours of approved graduate study. In addition to the minimum 30 hours of dissertation credit hours required by the Graduate School, demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of philosophy, a possible technical and/or foreign language requirement, depending on the dissertation topic; satisfactory completion of two qualifying papers and a successful dissertation defense.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Submit GRE General Test Scores.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  4. Provide a writing sample.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline

January 7, 2017

Fall International Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Philosophy
Graduate Program Coordinator
Hellems 169B
232 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0232
Phone: 303-492-3172
Fax: 303-492-8386

Department of Philosophy website