Best Colleges with Philosophy Degrees in the U.S.

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If you are seeking a degree in Philosophy, you'll find there is a large range of degrees that can be earned. A major in Philosophy is a very popular major and is offered at a wide variety of colleges and universities, all of which are listed below. Our 2018 ranking of the best colleges that offer Philosophy degrees is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. You can find more information about a Philosophy degree below along with a look at schools that offer online degrees in Philosophy.

The Best Philosophy Colleges of 2017

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania offers 4 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 39 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 30 Bachelor's degrees, 5 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

Based on 56 Reviews
2 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York offers 5 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 64 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 42 Bachelor's degrees, 14 Master's degrees, 4 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
3 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Los Angeles offers 5 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 135 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 123 Bachelor's degrees, 8 Doctoral degrees, 4 Master's degrees.

Based on 88 Reviews
4 Yale University New Haven, CT

Yale University offers 5 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 31 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, 6 Certificates degrees, 5 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
5 University of Chicago Chicago, IL

University of Chicago offers 4 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 72 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 58 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Doctoral degrees, and 7 Master's degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
6 Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Harvard University offers 4 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 33 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 24 Bachelor's degrees, 5 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
7 Stanford University Stanford, CA

Stanford University offers 4 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 26 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 16 Bachelor's degrees, 8 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Master's degrees.

Based on 64 Reviews
8 Princeton University Princeton, NJ

Princeton University offers 3 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 37 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 26 Bachelor's degrees, 6 Master's degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
9 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University offers 4 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 52 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 37 Bachelor's degrees, 13 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Master's degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
10 Duke University Durham, NC

Duke University offers 4 Philosophy Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 27 students graduated in the study area of Philosophy with students earning 21 Bachelor's degrees, 6 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews

List of Philosophy Schools in the U.S.

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Degree Levels
  • Associate's
  • Bachelor's
  • Certificates
  • Doctoral
  • Master's
Program Length
  • Less than 2 years (below associate)
  • At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • Four or more years
Control Type
  • Private for-profit
  • Private not-for-profit
  • Public
School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
5/5
12 : 1 24,876
Columbia University in the City of New York Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
5/5
7 : 1 28,086
University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
12 : 1 41,908
Yale University Yale University New Haven, CT
5/5
5 : 1 12,385
University of Chicago University of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
7 : 1 15,391
Harvard University Harvard University Cambridge, MA
5/5
14 : 1 29,652
Stanford University Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
6 : 1 16,980
Princeton University Princeton University Princeton, NJ
5/5
9 : 1 8,138
Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
5/5
4 : 1 12,567
Duke University Duke University Durham, NC
5/5
5 : 1 15,984
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
Boston College Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
5/5
15 : 1 14,354
University of California-Berkeley University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
21 : 1 38,189
Brown University Brown University Providence, RI
5/5
12 : 1 9,458
Northwestern University Northwestern University Evanston, IL
5/5
10 : 1 21,655
Georgetown University Georgetown University Washington, DC
5/5
13 : 1 18,459
Cornell University Cornell University Ithaca, NY
5/5
12 : 1 21,904
University of Notre Dame University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
5/5
11 : 1 12,292
Rice University Rice University Houston, TX
5/5
10 : 1 6,719
Washington University in St Louis Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
5/5
9 : 1 14,688
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
3/5
17 : 1 29,084
Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
5/5
6 : 1 22,686
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
5/5
8 : 1 11,331
University of Virginia-Main Campus University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
4/5
11 : 1 23,883
University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
3/5
24 : 1 23,497

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Getting a Philosophy Degree Online

Schools offering online Philosophy degrees

Online Philosophy degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 26 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Philosophy degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Holy Apostles College and Seminary 0 0 10 16 0
University of Memphis 0 0 15 0 0
American Public University System 0 0 12 0 0
University of New Orleans 0 0 9 0 0
Arizona State University-Skysong 0 0 7 0 0
How many schools offer online Philosophy degrees?
  • 1 Certificates
  • 3 Associate's
  • 14 Bachelor's
  • 1 Master's

What degrees do people get in Philosophy?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 71 Colleges 168 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 830 Colleges 7,887 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 20 Colleges 56 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 103 Colleges 419 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 155 Colleges 786 Graduates

Philosophy Degree Overview

When going for a Philosophy degree, know that there are many options for a traditional degree as well as higher education choices. The most standard path for those earning a degree in Philosophy can presume a standard two to four years to earn a degree. The standard Philosophy degree earned was a bachelor's degree and it also has the widest range of school possibilities as well. The second most popular Philosophy degree that people receive is a master's degree which goes to show a focus on higher learning. This shows that the degree requires dedication to schooling and you may want to seek more than a four year time commitment. Although a certificate is offered at some schools, getting a certificate is not very common. Keeping in mind what you hope to achieve by earning a degree in Philosophy, look to choose a degree at a school that can meet your flexibility and schedule needs.

Average cost of college for a Philosophy degree

Average Tuition and Fees for a 2 year Degree

Average Tuition and Fees School Control Student Residence
$1,943 Public In-State
$6,501 Public Out-of-State

Average Tuition and Fees for a 4 year Degree

Average Tuition and Fees School Control Student Residence
$9,056 Public In-State
$34,145 Private In-State
$21,875 Public Out-of-State
$34,145 Private Out-of-State
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