Graduate

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Arkansas offers an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy. Our M.A. and Ph.D. programs are actually distinct programs. The M.A. program is a two-year program, and the PhD program is a three-year program; students must have an M.A. in philosophy to qualify for the Ph.D. program. While we have rolling admissions, the deadline for full consideration for funding is March 25. Students in either program can concentrate in history of philosophy (including ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary), metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and/or philosophy of science.

Through an agreement with the Academic Common Market, residents of Alabama and Mississippi may qualify for graduate enrollment in the doctoral program in philosophy as in-state students for fee purposes. See the Graduate Catalog for details.

For furter inquiries please consult our FAQ page.

Assistantships & Fellowships

Departmental teaching assistantships are available. For 2019-2020 the stipend was $12,400, plus tuition waiver. Graduate assistants usually teach Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, or Logic. Applications for assistantships must be received by March 25 for consideration for the following fall.

The Graduate School also has generous fellowships available for select PhD students. If you are interested in being considered for these, it is best to submit an application before February 1 so that the Department can consider recommending you. Information about doctoral fellowships can be found here.

Admission to the Master of Arts Program

Admission to the M.A. program is subject to the approval of the Graduate School of the University of Arkansas and the graduate committee of the Department of Philosophy. While we have rolling admissions, the deadline for full consideration for funding is March 25. The department encourages both philosophy majors and students with majors in other fields to apply. Though the normal expectation for admission to the M.A. program is at least 18 undergraduate hours in philosophy, including logic, exceptions are sometimes made. Students with significantly fewer hours in philosophy may be admitted "with deficiencies" (i.e., admitted but required to take more than the usual number of courses to satisfy the M.A. requirements). It is possible, but rare, for students with deficiencies to receive assistantships.The Graduate School has additional requirements, posted here.

Application Materials

Application is a two-part process. Submit application form, fee, transcripts, at least three confidential letters of recommendation, and GRE scores to the Graduate School. Send a sample of written work and statement of purpose directly to the Philosophy Graduate Studies Director, listed below. Applicants seeking a teaching assistantship should submit an assistantship application form to the Philosophy Department as well. The Graduate School has additional requirements for International students.

Degree Requirements and Timetable

Send application materials to: 

Graduate Studies Director, Dr. Eric Funkhouser at efunkho@uark.edu

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program

Admission to the Ph.D. program is also subject to the approval of the Graduate School of the University of Arkansas and the graduate committee of the Department of Philosophy. Students must have an MA in philosophy to be eligible for the PhD program. Those who are still working on their MA may be conditionally admitted into the PhD program. While we have rolling admissions, the deadline for full consideration for funding is March 25.

Application Materials

Application is a two-part process. Submit application form, fee, transcripts, at least three confidential letters of recommendation, and GRE scores to the Graduate School. Send a sample of written work and statement of purpose directly to the Philosophy Graduate Studies Director, listed below. Applicants seeking a teaching assistantship should submit an assistantship application form to the Philosophy Department as well. The Graduate School has additional requirements for International students.

Degree Requirements and Timetable

Send application materials to:

Graduate Studies Director, Dr. Eric Funkhouser at efunkho@uark.edu