Graduate Program


The philosophy department at Notre Dame houses one of the largest PhD. programs in North America. This facilitates the department's mission to provide excellent education in all major areas of philosophy. The program offers training through course-work in seminar settings, numerous locally-hosted national and international conferences and workshops, mentored teaching experience, departmental colloquia, and thesis advising.
Informed by the University's unique mission and traditions, graduate students at Notre Dame have been distinguished by their ability to draw from the history of philosophy in their investigations of contemporary problems and their ability to apply current philosophical activity to questions of deep human significance.
Students in the program maintain close working relationships not only with the more than 40 professional philosophers in the department but also with members of the Medieval Institute, the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, and the departments of Mathematics, Physics, and History.

Graduate Director
Curtis Franks
411 Malloy Hall
Phone: (574) 631-4278

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Affiliated Graduate Programs

History and Philosophy of Science

The History and Philosophy of Science Program at the University of Notre Dame is one of a handful of programs in the United States that offers graduate-level instruction up to the Ph.D. in the field of the history and philosophy of science. The five year program draws upon the resources of three important research centers at Notre Dame: the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; the Center for the Philosophy of Religion; and the Medieval Institute.

Joint Ph.D. in Logic and Foundations of Mathematics

The Departments of Philosophy and of Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame together offer a joint Ph.D. degree in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics.