Graduate Program

Philosophy offers graduate work leading to the PhD degree. It also has joint JD/MA and JD/PhD programs with the Law School, and offers certificates in Philosophy of Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (HPSTM), and Cognitive Neuroscience.

The Department has an excellent placement record. Since 1996, over 70% of graduates have continued on to tenure-track academic positions. The vibrancy of the Department’s philosophical culture (as shown, for instance, by its active colloquium series), its strength in a broad range of areas of philosophy, and the outstanding reputation of its faculty combine to attract some of the nation’s most talented graduate students.

Recent Graduate Placement

We are very pleased with our recent placement record. It is organized below by the year the Ph.D. was earned, beginning with the most recent year. Next to each graduate is the name of his or her institution and dissertation title.All tenure-track positions are indicated by (TT).

To view all placements click on placements in the left column:

Placement 2011

Daniel Kraemer - 2011
Florida International University                                                                                 Adjunct Professor   

“Making Sense of Normative Functions and Information in Neurobiological Systems”

Breanna Kerchner:

Sanem Soyarslan - 2011
Boston University                                                                                                       Visiting Assistant Professor                                                                                   "Reason and Intuitive Knowledge in Spinoza's Ethics: Two Ways of Knowing, Two Ways of Living"

Breanna Kerchner - 2011
Lafayette College in Easton, PA                                                                                                                                  Visiting Assistant Professor - two year
Thesis: Humean Supervenience

Director of Graduate Studies


Director of Graduate Studies

The Graduate School

Students seeking to do graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the dean.  The Graduate School welcomes applications from students holding a U.S. bachelor's degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited institution. For more information, please see

The Graduate School's admissions site.

Financial aid available

Duke is committed to financially supporting the students it selects for graduate study. The Duke University Graduate School and its graduate programs offer a wide array of financial support.  For more information, please visit