The Graduate Program in Philosophy has two objectives: to provide you, through course work, with the broad familiarity of a variety of philosophical subjects that you will need to be a well-rounded philosopher and an effective teacher, and to develop your potential as a researcher by giving you an opportunity to do supervised research, culminating in the writing of a doctoral dissertation. Our department is oriented towards analytic philosophy. We have strength in the core areas of: philosophy of language and of logic, philosophy of mind, ethics and political philosophy, epistemology, ancient philosophy, history of modern philosophy, and metaphysics. In sum, graduate students leave UCSB with exceptional teaching skills and a firm grounding in the core areas of philosophy.

Mailing Address

Department of Philosophy
University of California, Santa Barbara
South Hall, 3432 (Student Services, Humanities South Admin Service Center)
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Only:

  • December 18, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)

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  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • Writing Sample (not to exceed 30 pages--submitted in the online application)
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.