Philosophy, PhD

The newly redesigned PhD in Philosophy features a focus on Practical and Applied Philosophy and an interdisciplinary coursework component related to the student's research topic.

Practical Philosophy includes the fields of ethics,  philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, feminist ethics, and political philosophy. 
Applied Philosophy includes both the application of theories developed within any of the sub-disciplines of philosophy to everyday problems or phenomena (for example, the application of the philosophy of language in relation to hate speech, or the philosophy of mind in relation to computing and artificial intelligence). Applied philosophy also includes the application of research produced by methods used in other disciplines in order to understand and address philosophical questions (for example, the application of data-gathering instruments used in psychology to answer questions in experimental philosophy). 

Students may design dissertation projects in any of the major subfields of philosophy. For their interdisciplinary coursework supporting the dissertation project, students might, for example, pursue a certificate in Social Transformation, Gender Studies, Responsible Innovation in Sciences, or Engineering and Society, etc.

Philosophy Graduate Faculty


Faculty Research Areas


Contact Information:


Lindsey Plait Jones, Graduate Programs Coordinator,


The Ph.D. Program requires a minimum of 84 credit hours and may be completed in 4-5 years.

Program Milestones

  • Coursework
    • Includes courses from Epistemology, History, Metaphysics, Applied Philosophy, Formal Methods, and Value Theory
  • Comprehensive examination
  • A dissertation prospectus
  • Completion and final defense of a dissertation

Students with a master's in philosophy may apply 30 credit hours towards the 84 credit hours required.

For more information, please review the Philosophy PhD Handbook, 2017-2018 or the SHPRS Graduate Resources Website.

Prospective students are encouraged to correspond with faculty who share their interests and to visit campus. Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A"€) in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program or a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A"€) in an applicable master's degree program.


  1. Online Electronic Application: Applicants must submit an online Graduate Admissions Application and application fee. 
  2. CV: Upload into online application.
  3. GRE: Official scores must be sent by ETS to ASU using the university code 4007 (department code can be left blank). Scores should be no more than 5 years old.
  4. Transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent directly to Graduate Admission Services from the issuing institution(s).
  5. Writing Sample: A sample of the applicant's original scholarly writing should be submitted as part of the electronic application. The sample should be between 15 and 30 pages in length and represent the applicant's strongest academic writing.
  6. Statement of Purpose: Applicants must include a statement of purpose discussing their specific intent in pursuing graduate studies in Philosophy. Statements should be no longer than 600 words.
  7. References: Applicants are required to submit contact information from a minimum of 3 faculty members or others qualified to provide detailed, accurate evaluations of the applicant's potential as a graduate student in religious studies. Professors are preferred, particularly faculty advisors. References will be contacted by the University and asked to upload letters and evaluations online.
  8. TOEFL: An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must follow Graduate Admission guidelines for demonstrating English language proficiency. The religious studies program requires an iBT TOEFL score of at least 80 or a PBT TOEFL score of 550. TOEFL scores should be sent electronically from ETS (Educational Testing Services) to ASU.

   Admission FAQs

Financial support is limited and is provided by means of a Graduate Assistantship.  All PhD applicants will be considered and selection will be based on the achievements and qualifications of the applicant as compared with other applicants. There are no additional documents needed for consideration.

Graduate Assistants share an office with several other assistants and typically work twenty hours per week. Assistantships provide a stipend in addition to the cost of tuition and student health insurance for the student.

PhD Placement of Philosophy Graduate Students


Jaemin Jung
Wonkwang University  (South Korea) (Tenure Track) 



Thomas Vierra

Cecilea Mun
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College, Maryland



Danielle Fundora
Rock Valley College (Tenure Track)

Alexander Novack
Owner Underground Plan

Jeff Watson
Lecturer in Philosophy, ASU (Tempe)



Jenni Ernst
Transfer to Philosophy PHD program at Ohio State University

Scott Scheal
Instructor, ASU Downtown Campus (2015-2016), Postdoc George Mason University (2014-2015), Postdoc Duke University (HOPE Institute, 2013-2014)

Zachary Goldberg
Postdoc Regensburg University (Germany)

Mayra Valdez
Dona Ana Community College of New Mexico State University (Tenure Track)

Valerye Milleson
Postdoc Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU



Gerald Marsh
Western Washington University - Instructor of Philosophy

Andrew Khoury
Instructor, ASU Tempe Campus (2015-2016), Fellowship in the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

Parker Crutchfield
Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine



Christopher Burell
Instructor, Arizona State University Downtown 

Shawn Klein
Instructor, ASU Tempe Campus (2015-2016), Rockford College - Instructor of Philosophy 

Michelle Saint
Western Washington University - Visiting Assistant Professor (2011-12), Rollins College, Visiting Lecturer (2010-11), Assistant Professor University of Minnesota, Duluth (Tenure Track)



Aaron Rizzieri
CUNY, LaGuardia - Assistant Professor

Shyam Nair
Transfer to Philosophy PHD program at USC



Matthew Cooper
South Mountain Community College - Philosophy Faculty

Joseph Kim
Kirisuto Seisho Shingakkou, Nagoya, Japan (Christ Bible Seminary) - Executive V.P.

Sandra Woien
Regis University - Instructor and Arizona State University, Faculty Associate



Stephen Dilley
St. Edwards University - Assistant Professor

Teresa Laszlo
Estrella Mountain Community College - Lecturer

Chong Ho Yu
Arizona State University Sky Song - Systems Analyst

Heidi Speck
Princess Noura bint Abdul-Rahman University - Director of English Language Dept.



Owen Anderson
Arizona State University West - Assistant Professor

Loren Cannon
Humboldt State University - Philosophy Faculty Member



Michael Valle
Scottsdale Community College - Philosophy Faculty



Elaine Yoshikawa
Arizona State University East - Lecturer

Degree Offered

Philosophy, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

January 15

Financing Your Education

Learn more about the financial support and graduate fellowships available.