Satisfactory progress through the Ph.D. program is typically made by fulfilling five general requirements, each merely summarized here. (The requirements are more technical than this: please refer only to the official program regulations for the authoritative statement of the requirements).
- At least 52 hours of course work, with specific distributional requirements.
- Timely and satisfactory completion of the two Comprehensive Exams in the history of philosophy from Plato through Nietzsche: one exam in Metaphysics and Epistemology, one exam in Value Theory.
- Comprehensive Exam Reading Lists
- Metaphysics and Epistemology Exam Questions
- Value Theory Exam Questions
- Satisfactory completion of Philosophy 520: Logic, or its equivalent.
- Satisfactory demonstration of reading competence in one foreign language relevant to the student’s philosophical program of study (e.g., Greek, Latin, French, or German).
- Satisfactory completion of three steps preparatory to writing the dissertation: the Area Proposal, the Qualifying Exam, the Dissertation Proposal (each of these steps has written and oral components).
- Satisfactory completion and oral defense of a Dissertation.
The coursework requirements differ depending on previous graduate coursework, specifically whether one enters with no M.A. in Philosophy, a one-year M.A. in Philosophy, a two-year M.A. in Philosophy. See these checklists for summaries: