Here you will find information on the Graduate Program in Philosophy at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Please note that all application materials for the graduate program should be sent directly to the University Office and not to the philosophy department itself. For the address of the university office and other relevant information, see their application instructions.

The University Graduate Bulletin has details on degree requirements and whatall else.

For existing students: A list of some logistical things you need to know as a Philosophy grad student

The Ph.D. Program:

The University at Albany offers a Ph.D. program that allows students to receive a solid grounding in philosophy while concentrating on one of two areas of specialization: Knowledge and Representation or Values and Society.

The Knowledge and Representation specialization focuses on contemporary and historical accounts of representational systems: cognitive, linguistic, aesthetic, and cultural. The Values and Society specialization focuses on the problems of moral and political values in relation to their social context.

All students begin with a strong core of courses in epistemology, metaphysics, value theory, logic, and the history of philosophy. They then take further courses and do their PhD dissertation research within their elected area of specialization. Students work at all times in close cooperation with individual faculty members in their area.

Students are encouraged where appropriate to complement their study with advanced courses in cognate fields. The Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, other academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Public Affairs offer courses of particular interest to philosophers.

The M.A. Program:

The department offers a program leading to the Master of Arts degree in philosophy. This program is well suited to students desiring a 'bridge' from their undergraduate program to a PhD program in Philosophy here or elsewhere (for example, students who majored in a field other than Philosophy as undergraduates), as well as those simply desiring a terminal Master's degree in the field.

Applications and Financial Aid:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the philosophy department for additional information.
Graduate Studies Committee
Department of Philosophy, HU 257
University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, New York 12222
e-mail: philo at

The Department offers financial aid to its graduate students in the form of teaching assistantships, fellowships, and tuition waivers. Applications for admission to the program must be received by November 15 (for admission in the Spring) and by March 15 (for admission in the Fall). Applications for financial aid must be received by February 15; financial aid is not available for students seeking an MA. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Eligible individuals are encouraged to apply for a Carr Diversity Fellowship. Download the application form from the office of Graduate Studies.