Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School


The Loyola University Chicago Philosophy Department is strongly committed to the Jesuit mission and to philosophical pluralism. This two-fold commitment is reflected at all levels of our programming.


Our doctoral program has two principal areas of focus: continental philosophy and ethics/social-political philosophy.  We have significant supporting strengths in the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and epistemology.

The master’s program in philosophy is a terminal degree primarily intended for students who do not plan on pursuing a doctoral degree at Loyola. The master’s program in social philosophy specializes in moral and social philosophy. Further information is available at LUC.edu/philosophy/ma_social.shtml.



The degree offers part-and full-time enrollment.

• Average time to completion for PhD: 5–6 years (full time)

• Average time to completion for MA: 2 years (full time), varies (part time)

Online options are not available.

Research and professional development opportunities are offered as part of the program.

There are summer research grants for graduate students and paid summer research mentor positions with undergraduates.

• Many philosophy students participate in and present papers at conferences and study groups.

• Student organizations, as well as service opportunities, are associated with the program.

Organizations include: AGSP (The Association of Graduate Students in Philosophy), HOPR (History of Philosophy Roundtable), and PRG (Phenomenology Research Group) Service opportunities can include students volunteering on their own, participating with the department in adopt-a-family activities or with other students on University-wide projects, and helping coach and judge undergrads in Ethics and Bioethics Bowl work.

• Many MA program graduates continue to study philosophy at the PhD level at either Loyola or another institution. PhD students typically enter academia as Post-Doctoral Fellows or Instructors. But both MA and PhD graduates sometimes choose to take positions in education, business, health care, etc.

• To learn more about the certain organizations where recent graduates are employed, visit LUC.edu/philosophy/resources.shtml.

• To learn more about career services, visit LUC.edu/philosophy/job_market_application.shtml.

Our program is diverse and flexible in order to accommodate the diversity of applications of our interdisciplinary “discipline.” Our students come from all over the country (indeed, all over the world) with a great variety of backgrounds. We are one of the largest philosophy departments in the country with 35 full-time faculty members. Hence, we can offer students a wide variety of courses and specializations. Our faculty members are accessible and many work closely with grad students on research areas, pedagogy, and professional development.

Philosophy faculty members are both passionate about their teaching and dedicated to their research. Areas of faculty interest include Social Political Philosophy, Ethics, Bioethics, Analytic Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and History of Philosophy.

PhD students are required to have earned a BA degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. They should have a solid background in philosophy, usually an undergraduate major.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The Graduate School has limited funds available for financial assistance. Financial aid from Loyola’s Financial Aid Office will not impact your ability to apply for financial aid through the Graduate School. To learn more about these financial aid opportunities, visit LUC.edu/finaid/graduateschool

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.