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UC Davis Department of Philosophy

Graduate Program

Philosophy Department

1240 Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 752-0607

Fax: (530) 752-8964

Picture of 2004 graduate cohort

The 2004 entering class: Lucas Halpin, Ben Whiting, David Gilbert, Mike Trestman

Recent News

  • The Graduate Program in Philosophy welcomes new students Jeffrey Dale, Danilo Dantas, Tyrus Fisher, Ceth Lightfield, and Shawn Miller.

The Department of Philosophy offers a program of study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Students are not admitted to pursue an M.A. only. At present, there are 28 students in the Ph.D. program, including three who have passed the oral defense of their dissertations. The student/faculty ratio is a bit more than 2 to 1.

Graduate Adviser and Coordinator


The 2009-2010 Philosophical Gourmet Report ranks the program 36th among graduate programs in Philosophy in the United States. The program is ranked 9-16 in Philosophy of Biology, 10-20 in Philosophy of Language, 12-28 in Ethics, 16-26 in Philosophy of Mathematics, 16-31 in Mathematical Logic, 16-35 in Metaethics, 21-34 in History of Analytic Philosophy (including Wittgenstein), 22-50 in Philosophical Logic, 23-44 in General Philosophy of Science, and 23-46 in Political Philosophy.

Davis and the Campus

The UC Davis campus is located fifteen miles southwest of Sacramento. The city of Davis is a well-planned, environmentally-conscious community of around 60,000 people, surrounded by open space. On the campus is a state-of-the-art 1,800-seat concert hall and a beautiful arboretum, pictured on the applications page. Davis is on the edge of the greater Sacramento metropolitan area, with a population of over one million. Seventy miles to the southwest is the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most beautiful and vibrant population centers in the United States. About 100 miles to the east is Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains, with its world-class recreational opportunities such as skiing and hiking. To the west is the Napa Valley, a world-renowned producer of fine wines. All of these locations can be reached in two hours or less by automobile.

Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Conference

Philosophy graduate students participate annually in the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Conference in Philosophy. The conference is rotated through the three campuses, and this year Stanford will be the host.


Application and fellowship deadline for 2011-2012 is December 15, 2011. An on-line application form is used by Graduate Studies. Click here for application details.