A highly selective Ph.D. program limiting admission to an average of five students each year, Rice's Department of Philosophy encourages close contact between students and faculty, ensuring that students will have a thorough acquaintance with the main fields of philosophy as well as a solid foundation for advanced research. The department has special strength in ethics, social and political philosophy, medical ethics and the history of these fields.

All Ph.D. students receive five-year fellowships, including tuition waivers and generous stipends.

For more information, please visit the Department of Philosophy website and download the graduate study brochure and graduate program handbook.  

Areas of Research

  • Biomedical ethics
  • Normative philosophy
  • Mind, Science and Knowledge
  • History of Philosophy

Degrees Offered:


All prospective applicants should note that the Department of Philosophy is offering a Ph.D. Program only and does not consider applicants pursuing a terminal Master's degree. While an M.A. degree is not available through the department, students typically earn one as they progress through the Ph.D. program.

The Department of Philosophy Contact Information

Professor Donald Morrison, Chair
244 Humanities Bldg
Phone: 713-348-2714
Fax: 713-348-5847