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December 3, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

Top Graduate Programs in Philosophy in the United States

Top Graduate University Programs in Philosophy Ranked

The following rankings are based on the Philosophy Gourmet rankings of graduate programs in philosophy (It also called the Leiter report because it was organized by Brian Leiter). In addition, I think New York Universities division of graduate programs by department will likely also be helpful for potential graduate students in various philosophy disciplines (they call the Real Guide to Grad School). Finally, I would also bookmark (grad school rankings section) which can provide a customized rankings based on your criteria–it can provide another filter or criteria for examining programs. Also worth checking out are checking out the forums on College Confidential to ask questions and/or to ask questions of students in person on your campus tour:

University Graduate Philosophy Program Rankings

1) New York University
2) Rutgers University, New Breunswick, NJ
3) Princeton University
4) University of Pittsburg
5) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
6) Harvard University
Mass Institute of Technology (MIT)
8] Yale University
9) Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
13) Columbia University
University of Arizona
15) City University of New York Graduate Center
University of Notre Dame
17) Brown University
Cornell University
University of Southern California
20) University of Texas, Austin
21) University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago
23) Indiana University, Bloomington
University of California, Irvine
University of Wisconsin, Madison
26) Duke University
Ohio State University
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
30) University of California, Riverside
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Pennsylvania
Washington University, St. Louis
34) Syracuse University
University of Miami
36) Carnegie Mellon University
Georgetown University, Washington DC
University of California, Davis
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Virginia
41) Northwestern University
University of California, Santa Barbara
43) Florida State University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Connecticut, Storrs
University of Washington, Seattle
47) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul
48) Boston University
Rice University
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Rochester
University of Utah

The divisions used by the New York University divisions of graduate philosphy departments:


I don’t know if terminal MA means that is their speciality or they don’t have a PhD program in philosophy.

Here is that division of philosophy departments, which is well worth bookmarking for future reference as you search for the perfect grad program for you.

Here is another ranking list I found:
1. NYU
2. Rutgers
3. Stanford
4. Pittsburgh
5. Berkeley
5. Arizona (I assume thats Arizona University–not Arizona State University)
6. Princeton
7. University of Chicago
8. Duke University
10. University of North Carolina (presumably at Chapel Hill)
10. New School (presumably in New York)
12. UCSD (University of California at San Diego)
13. Harvard University
13. Maryland
15. University of Miami
18. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
19. Michigan (presumably Ann Arbor)
19. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

21. Columbia University
22. CUNY
24. Wisc (presumably University of Wisconsin at Madison)
24. Texas (presumably University of Texas at Austin)
25. CMU (Carnegie Mellon University)
26. UMass (not sure which campus–perhaps Amherst)
27. Syracuse University
27. University of Indiana (presumably Bloomington)
29. University of Southern California (USC)
30. University of Washington
31. University of California at Irvine
31. Florida State University (FSU)
31. Yale University
34. University of Pennsylvania
34. University of Minn.
36. UC-Riverside
36. Temple University (in Philly)
38. University of Virginia
38. University of Colorado
38. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
41. Cornell University (Ithaca New York)
42. Arizona State University
42. Stoney Brook (NY)
44. Wash U. in St. Louis (Missouri)
44. University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
46. Ohio State University
47. Northwestern University (outside Chicago, IL in Evanston, IL)
47. BU (Boston University)
49. South Florida
50. St. Louis

Here is the longer list.

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