Carnegie Mellon University

Sample Curriculum

The Ph.D. requirements are designed to be flexible, allowing students the freedom to develop programs emphasizing their particular research interests. Core requirements are ordinarily filled within the first two years.

A typical course schedule might look as follows:

Fall First Year

  • Formal Logic
  • Philosophy Core Seminar
  • Formal Methods

Spring First Year

  • Computability and Incompleteness (half-semester)
  • Philosophy Core Seminar II
  • Formal Methods (half-semester)
  • Two Directed Readings (second half of semester)

Fall Second Year

  • Interdisciplinary elective
  • Breadth elective
  • Elective

Spring Second Year

  • Thesis Seminar
  • History elective
  • Supervised MS thesis research

Fall Third year

  • Interdisciplinary elective
  • Breadth elective
  • Elective

Spring Third Year

  • Breadth elective
  • Breadth elective
  • Supervised dissertation research

It is not unusual for students to take or audit a fourth course in some semesters.