A Unique Environment
Since 1979, when the Philosophy Department at Bowling Green State University began teaching its MA in Applied Philosophy, its graduate program has occupied a unique place in North American philosophy. This uniqueness was augmented in 1990 by the addition of a PhD program, also in Applied Philosophy, which remains the only one of its kind. To find out more about our program, click here or on the Noteworthy Features link. This is not to say that only Applied Philosophy is taught here. A graduate student at Bowling Green will receive a well-rounded education in all of the traditional areas of philosophy as well.
Note to all prospective applicants to the BGSU Philosophy Graduate Programs for the Fall 2015 semester:
Due to an unusually large entering class in 2014-15, the Philosophy
Department at Bowling Green State University will not be admitting
students for 2015-16. Students interested in Bowling Green’s graduate
programs in Applied Philosophy should wait until next year, and submit
an application for admission for 2016-17.
The Departmental offices are located in the center of the campus and occupy the third floor of the recently renovated Shatzel Hall. In addition to faculty and graduate student offices, the Department houses the Richard Lineback Applied Philosophy Library. To assist research all graduate student offices are furnished with computers with network and internet access.
One of the major public teaching and research institutions in the state of Ohio, Bowling Green State University was founded in 1910 (click here for the Timeline). Today the University has 750 full-time faculty and 18,000 students, including 2300 graduate students. It offers more than 170 undergraduate degree programs, thirteen masters degrees in sixty-nine fields and Ph.D. programs in fourteen fields. Located in northwest Ohio, the University is easily reached from many metropolitan areas including Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland, and Chicago.
Prerequisites for Graduate Work
The preferred foundation for graduate work is a major or minor in philosophy. However, applicants with less than this level of preparation who have a strong interest in philosophy are encouraged to apply. Remedial work may be required for those students judged to have deficiencies in their preparation.
Courses of study may be designed to meet any of the following objectives:
- An academic career in philosophy
- An academic career in applied philosophy in related fields including business ethics in business programs and medical ethics in medical programs
- A non-academic career in public policy, business, medicine, or environmental areas.
Graduate Student Handbook
All of the Department's regulations and requirements concerning its
Graduate Programs can be found here in the Graduate