The Graduate Program in Philosophy

The Graduate Program in Philosophy offers students informality and close interaction with a faculty whose work has been published by the leading presses and journals. We are basically an analytic department, but we certainly do not have a formal orientation. A result of the close interaction between faculty and students has been that many of our recent PhDs have had papers accepted by highly respected journals while they were graduate students in our program. This, along with the breadth of teaching experience available and required of qualified students, and the department’s commitment of effort to the placement of its PhD’s has resulted in a good placement record in recent years.

The Graduate Handbook

The 2020-21 graduate handbook can be found here.


The philosophy department at UC Santa Barbara is committed to creating and maintaining a work environment in which students, staff, and faculty feel welcome and safe, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, ethnicity, religion, disability, or socio-economic status. We aim to accomplish this by promoting an atmosphere of collegiality and respect, cultivating a sensitivity to the sorts of practices and behaviors that generate a hostile or non-inclusive environment, and in no way tolerating harassment or discrimination. We are proud to have an active chapter of Minorities in Philosophy (MAP).

Diversity Officers: Elinor Mason (for faculty), Aaron Zimmerman (for graduates), and Teresa Robertson Ishii (for undergraduates)