- No minimum credits are required for the Ph.D., though specific philosophy courses are required that total 26-28 credits
- 24 thesis credits
- Successful second-year departmental review represents passing the preliminary written examination.
- Successful third-year departmental review, which includes passing a three-paper examination, represents passing the preliminary oral examination.
- Students then write and defend a dissertation proposal and later defend a dissertation at the final oral examination.
Minor Requirements for Students Majoring in Other Fields
A doctoral minor requires 12 course credits in philosophy approved by the director of graduate studies in philosophy. Programs are tailored to meet the interests and needs of the student.