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.
Areas of Research
- Biomedical ethics
- Normative philosophy
- Mind, Science and Knowledge
- History of Philosophy
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.