12 months
12852 USD/year
12852 USD/year
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The study of Philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara is oriented towards analytic philosophy.


About the degree

The Graduate Program in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara has two objectives: to provide you, through course work, with the broad familiarity of a variety of philosophical subjects that you will need to be a well-rounded philosopher and an effective teacher, and to develop your potential as a researcher by giving you an opportunity to do supervised research, culminating in the writing of a doctoral dissertation. 

We have strength in the core areas of: philosophy of language and of logic, philosophy of mind, ethics and political philosophy, epistemology, ancient philosophy, history of modern philosophy, and metaphysics. In sum, graduate students leave UCSB with exceptional teaching skills and a firm grounding in the core areas of philosophy.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Ethics 
  • Philosophy of Mind

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • GRE General test scores
  • Writing Sample (not to exceed 30 pages--submitted in the online application)
  • Final/Official transcripts 

Tuition Fee

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    12852 USD/year
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    12852 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12852 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Santa Barbara

1640 - 2480 USD /month
Living costs

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