The philosophy department offers an M.A. program, a Ph.D. program, and two interdisciplinary programs: a joint M.A. in philosophy and theology, and dual degrees in philosophy and law (M.A./J.D. and Ph.D./J.D.).

A significant feature of these programs is the extensive and diverse range of courses available to graduate students every semester.  They cover the history and problems of philosophy, allowing for concentration in the following areas: Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Phenomenology and Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. The department is linked to research centers such as the Lonergan Institute, and is home to several scholarly journals. Members of the department are nationally and internationally known, and are involved in cutting-edge research.

Furthermore, each year the department hosts many speakers from the US and abroad (through its own lecture series, or consortiums such as the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy), and invites a prominent scholar to be the Gadamer Visiting Professor and teach for four to six weeks.

In addition, students may take appropriate graduate level courses in other departments of Boston College (e.g., Political Science, Theology), and may avail themselves of Boston’s wider intellectual offerings thanks to Boston College’s participation in the Boston Area Consortium, which allows them to cross register for one course per semester at Boston University, Tufts University or Brandeis University. By application, they also can participate in The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies and in the Boston Theological Institute.

Boston College is a suburban campus located on the western edge of the city of Boston. Several colleges and universities, including Boston University, MIT and Harvard University, are easily within reach by public transportation. The exchange of ideas between faculty and students of Boston area colleges and universities is rich and diverse.

For specific questions about the Philosophy department's graduate programs please contact the Graduate Program Assistant. All other requests on the application process should be made to the Graduate School at the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.


The policy of the department is to offer students admitted to the doctoral program full funding each year.

Where are They Now?

The Philosophy Dept at BC has a proud record of success with our doctoral graduates - excellent academic placements, distinguished book publications, major scholarly grants and awards and directorships of international NGOs, Non-Profits and other humanities projects. The following is a brief sample. We invite you to join our on-going faculty research projects.

Recent Graduate Publications