Course Requirements

In a successful course of study, students must complete:

  • 48 graduate credit hours (16 courses). Credits for language instruction and Doctoral Dissertation I and II (PHI 9000 and 9020) do not count toward this total.
  • Students are required to fulfill one course in four areas: Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy. These area requirements must be completed by the end of the third year.
  • Students must pass an examination in one natural language other than English that is central to their intended research.
  • Students must pass the comprehensive evaluation given after the second year.
  • Students must pass the preliminary exam based on readings associated with the students' initial choice of a dissertation topic.

Students are expected to complete 30 credits by the end of their second year and all course work by the end of their fourth year.

Philosophy Doctoral Program


Villanova University, SAC 108
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.8997
Fax: 610.519.4639

Director:  Julie Klein
Coordinator:  Terry DiMartino