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University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill

Academic Year: 
2019 - 2020

Department Name

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Philosophy

Department Chair

Marc Lange,
Theda Perdue Distinguished Professor and Department Chair

Degrees Offered

Ph.D., Non-Terminal Masters

Areas of Specialization Offered

Value Theory, Aesthetics, Applied Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Bioethics, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Normative Ethics, Meta-Ethics, Philosophy of Gender, Philosophy of Law, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Science Logic and Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Decision Theory, History & Philosophy of Science (HPS), Logic, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy Politics and Economics (PPE), Early Modern Philosophy (17th & 18th Century), Continental/European Philosophy (including Kant), History of Philosophy, 19th/20th Century Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Financial Aid

Teaching Fellowships:
Non-Teaching Fellowships:
Teaching Assistantships:
Students teaching their own classes:
Other Financial Information: All students making satisfactory progress through the program receive full financial support for five years. (For five of those ten semesters, students have no teaching responsibilities.) The Department has been able to supply sixth-year funding in all cases where a sixth year was necessary to complete the program. In addition, several kinds of UNC-Chapel Hill fellowships and teaching assistantships are available, some from the Graduate School and others from the Department. Total financial support per year (including income from summer teaching) currently ranges from $22,300 to $31,000 (for a student who wins the Graduate School’s highly competitive five-year fellowship), along with full tuition, student fees, and health insurance. Note: those students who wish to be considered for Graduate School fellowships (in addition to Departmental fellowships) should submit their applications by the deadline posted on our Admissions FAQs page here. In any case, the Department strongly encourages that all applications be submitted by the deadline posted here, although applications submitted after that date may be considered. Graduate students who have completed their MA’s often choose to teach a course during one of UNC’s five-week summer semesters, during which a broad menu of regular undergraduate courses is offered to those undergraduates who wish to proceed through college more quickly. In addition, the Department’s graduate students have been very successful in winning prestigious national fellowships once here, including Mellon/ACLS, Newcombe, and NSF fellowships. For instance, in recent years, Chapel Hill graduate students won support from Mellon/ACLS, Newcombe, Ford Foundation, and Canada Council Fellowships.



Simon Blackburn, Distinguished Research Professor
Luc Bovens, Professor
Tom Dougherty, Associate Professor
Thomas Hofweber, Professor
Markus Kohl, Assistant Professor
Matthew Kotzen, Distinguished Associate Professor
Marc Lange, Distinguished Professor
James Lesher, Professor
Mariska Leunissen, Professor
Douglas MacLean, Professor
Carla Merino-Rajme, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Morton, Associate Professor
Alan Nelson, Professor
Ram Neta, Professor
C. D. C. Reeve, Distinguished Professor
John T. Roberts, Professor
Gillian Russell, Distinguished Professor
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Distinguished Professor
Sarah Stroud, Professor
Rebecca Walker, Adjunct Professor
Susan Wolf, Distinguished Professor
Alex Worsnip, Assistant Professor



Program Strengths

Epistemology, History of Philosophy, Metaethics, Metaphysics, Moral Theory, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy

Student Demographics

Degrees Awarded

Ph.D. Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

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Number of Required Courses: 
Additional Information: 
For the M.A. in Philosophy: 10 courses (30 hours) of which one shall be the Protoseminar and one course (3 hours) shall consist of registration for M.A. Thesis credit; satisfaction of the M.A. Distribution Requirements (see below); and satisfactory completion and oral defense of a master’s thesis. For the Ph.D. in Philosophy: an additional 10 courses, of which two courses shall be the pre-dissertation seminar and two shall consist of registration for Ph.D. Dissertation Research (PHIL 994); satisfactory completion of a requirement in formal logic; satisfaction of the Ph.D. Distribution Requirements (see below); satisfactory performance on the Examination in the field of specialization; and satisfactory completion and oral defense of a doctoral dissertation. DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS To ensure the scope and comprehensiveness of a student’s philosophical training, each student is required to include in his or her program of studies courses distributed as follows: For the M.A. Degree: two courses in the History of Philosophy, including one course addressing a significant figure, school, or movement in philosophy prior to 1600 C.E. and one course addressing a significant figure, school, or movement in philosophy within the period 1600-1900 C.E.; one course within the area of Metaphysics and Epistemology; and one course within the area of Ethics and Value Theory. For the Ph.D. Degree: one additional course in each of the three areas required for the M.A. Degree; and two courses within the area of Logic and Philosophy of Science. Symbolic Logic 455 and the Protoseminar are not counted toward the satisfaction of these Distribution Requirements. A student who has substituted a more advanced logic course for Symbolic Logic may, however, count the substituted course toward the satisfaction of these requirements.

Ph.D. Program Entry Requirements

Writing Sample: 
Minimum GPA Required?: 
Letters of Recommendation: 
GRE Required?: 
TOEFL Required?: 
TOEFL Online Score: 
Other Requirements: 
A statement of purpose which accurately characterizes applicant’s research interests. Please note that there is no required minimum GRE score.


Student Demographics

Master's Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

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Out of State: 

Master's Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts Required?: 
Writing SampleRequired?: 
GRE Required?: 
GPA Required?: 
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Types of Master's

Terminal Master's: 
Non-Terminal Master's: 


Summary of PhD Students 2019

Summary of PhD Students 2018

Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2017

Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2016

Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2011 - 2015

Students Retention Summary 2015