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Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Philosophy at UC Davis is a small collegial and supportive program with a largely analytic orientation. The faculty specialize in a variety of areas, including metaphysics, formal epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology and philosophy of physics), philosophy of mathematics, philosophical logic, ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy, history of analytic philosophy, history of modern philosophy, and ancient philosophy. The philosophy department is proud of its commitment to diversity in philosophy; 6 of its 15 full-time faculty members are women.

The Program has both M.A. and Ph.D. “tracks.” Students who aim to complete a Ph.D. should apply directly to the Ph.D. track, even if they have not yet earned an M.A. in Philosophy. Ph.D. students may earn the M.A. in the course of working toward the Ph.D. Students who do not aim to complete a Ph.D. in philosophy should apply for admission to the M.A. track. Students who enroll in the M.A. track may, however, later petition for admission to the Ph.D. track if they so desire.

There are approximately 25 students in the Ph.D. program, including many who have passed their qualifying examination and are working on their dissertations. The student/faculty ratio is approximately 5 to 3.

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The 2014 - 2015 Philosophical Gourmet Report ranks the program 42nd among philosophy graduate programs in the United States. The program is also ranked 10-18 in Philosophy of Biology, 11-26 in Metaethics, 18-35 in Philosophical Logic, 18-37 in Philosophy of Language, 21-43 in Mathematical Logic,  24-41 in Philosophy of Mathematics, and 23-42 in History of Analytic Philosophy.

Davis and the Campus

The UC Davis campus is located fifteen miles southwest of Sacramento. The city of Davis is a well-planned, environmentally-conscious community of around 60,000 people, surrounded by open space. On the campus is a state-of-the-art 1,800-seat concert hall and a beautiful arboretum, pictured on the applications page. Davis is on the edge of the greater Sacramento metropolitan area, with a population of over one million. Seventy miles to the southwest is the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most beautiful and vibrant population centers in the United States. About 100 miles to the east is Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains, with its world-class recreational opportunities such as skiing and hiking. To the west is the Napa Valley, a world-renowned producer of fine wines. All of these locations can be reached in two hours or less by automobile.

Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Conference

In collaboration with the graduate students in philosophy at UC Berkeley and Stanford, graduate students at UC Davis organize an annual conference called the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Conference in Philosophy. The conference is rotated through the three campuses. In 2015, Stanford was host. The 2016 conference will be hosted by UC Berkeley.


Application and fellowship deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is January 15, 2017. An on-line application form is provided by Graduate Studies. Click here and here for application details.

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Graduate students can use the links below to send anonymous feedback to either the Department Chair or the Graduate Advisor. In order to ensure that only graduate students will be using this, you must be logged in to access the page. However, your email address or identity will not be included in the email that gets sent.

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