PhD Degree Requirements

The following are guidelines. For detailed, official requirements, please consult the UBC Calendar and the Department of Philosophy’s graduate regulations.

For students who have obtained a master’s degree:
  • two years’ residency at UBC
  • eight one-term courses at or above the 500 level
  • during the first year, six one-term courses including four at the 500 level or above and four with a minimum average of 80% (A- or 3.7 GPA)
  • during the second year, complete the PhD coursework requirement with an overall average of 80%
For students who have not obtained a master’s degree:
  • three years’ residency at UBC
  • ten one-term courses, including eight at the 500 level or above
  • a minimum average of 80% (A- or 3.7 GPA) in six one-term courses
  • during the first year, six one-term courses including four at the 500 level or above and four with a minimum average of 80% (A- or 3.7 GPA)
  • during the second year, complete the PhD coursework requirement with an overall average of 80%
For all doctoral candidates:
  • one presentation to the Philosophy Graduate Colloquium during the first two years
  • comprehensive exam: three comprehensive papers selected from four areas (History of Philosophy; Metaphysics, Logic, or Philosophy of Language; Value Theory; and Epistemology and Philosophy of Science). The comprehensive exam is a two-hour oral exam (40 minutes per paper: 5-minute presentation by candidate, followed by 35 minutes of questions). See the graduate regulations for full details.
  • dissertation prospectus and oral presentation
  • a dissertation of approximately sixty thousand words and public dissertation defence