Current Students

The Department of Philosophy wishes to support our students as best we can! Please take a look through the "Current Students" menu on the left for information on regulations, procedures, and updates pertaining to our graduate program. We especially support our students' applications for fellowships and scholarships.

Students:  Interested in taking a break from the classroom? Take a look at these opportunities for many activities for-credit that are not classroom-based. The department offers these, as well as extracurricular activities, to participate more deeply in the philosophical community.

Please contact the graduate coordinators, Professors Landy and Sowaal, or the graduate program administrative coordinator, with any questions you have throughout the program.

Philosophy Graduate Student Handbook

Students:  Download the Philosophy Graduate Student Handbook (pdf), which covers in-depth steps involved in the progress toward the degree.

You are responsible for meeting all of the internal deadlines for paperwork.

Submitting your materials by these deadlines will allow the departmental faculty and staff to review all documents before the graduate studies deadlines.



Fall 2019 Graduation

Spring 2020 Graduation

Advancement to Candidacy (ATC)


October 4, 2019

Proposal for Culminating Experience (PCE)

  • to entire thesis committee
  • to Graduate Coordinator

Forms are submitted the semester prior to enrollment and beginning research.



October 4, 2019

October 18, 2019

Deadline to Apply for Graduation

Applying on time for graduation will ensure a preliminary degree evaluation and your name in the commencement booklet for the annual Commencement Ceremony held in Spring.

September 27, 2019

February 15, 2020

Submission of Final Draft of Thesis

Email to after receiving Committee approval

November 1, 2019

April 17, 2020

Last Date to Take Oral Exam

Be sure to arrange date with graduate program administrative coordinator 1 to 2 weeks prior to the date of the exam

November 22, 2019

April 24, 2020