Ph.D. in
Logic & Philosophy of Science

Cailin O'Connor and Jim Weatherall

    LPS professors Cailin O'Connor and James Weatherall study the ways in which misinformation spreads.



Department of Anthropology A programmatic powerhouse. Full financial aid and funding. A lens-worthy location. The reasons students choose the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences for their graduate pursuits are many.

The UCI Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science is ranked the #1 program in the world in decision, rational choice, and game theory, and among the top 20 in all other areas of departmental specialty (Philosophical Gourmet Report).

Graduate students in the doctoral program receive six years of guaranteed funding, and scholars in the department have a record of earning competitive research funding and fellowships from agencies including the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation, and from campus-level fellowships such as the Provost Ph.D., Graduate LEAD, Graduate Dean's Dissertation, Eugene Cota-Roble, and Newkirk Graduate Student fellowships.

The department fosters an inclusive and collaborative environment with the culture of a research institute. Graduate students are active researchers and respected colleagues who regularly publish in leading scholarly journals, such as Philosophy of Science and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, often in collaboration with one another and with LPS faculty.

And if that wasn't enough, the UCI campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach, is the #1 university doing the most for the American dream (New York Times College Access Index), the #1 best value public university (Forbes), and the #9 ranked public university in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report).

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decision, rational choice, game theory
- Philosophical Gourmet Report



general philosophy of science
- Philosophical Gourmet Report



philosophy of physics
- Philosophical Gourmet Report



best public university in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report


 And UCI LPS ranks in the top 20 in all other areas of departmental specialty. 

- Philosophical Gourmet Report










Australian National University

Carnegie Mellon University

London School of Economics

Northeastern University

Notre Dame

UC Irvine

UC Merced

University of Missouri, St. Louis

University of Pittsburgh

University of Washington


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what makes us



Student walking on aldrich park

     UCI's campus is beautiful, rotating around Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden. The campus is also less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and beaches.

Using methods from philosophy, logic, and the sciences themselves, scholars in UCI's LPS department investigate what we are able to know about the world through science, and precisely how it is that science enables us to know it. LPS faculty annually instruct and mentor a small, select group of graduate students who go on to teaching and research careers at top educational institutions around the world. LPS also has strong connections with many science departments, including physics, biology, mathematics, economics, computer science, cognitive sciences, language science, and mathematical behavioral science.

Students have an opportunity to earn a master's degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D., and the department also offers a separate 4+1 M.A. program in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics that provides excellent preparation for students considering law school or further graduate study.

 This was something that really surprised me, from day one, you're thought of as a researcher in your field, not just a student. 

- Elliott Chen, '21



So what are you waiting for?


If full funding, opportunities to publish, and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you’re looking for in a graduate program, contact us today to learn more about UCI Logic and Philosophy of Science.

Department Chair

James Weatherall

Director of Graduate Studies

Cailin O'Connor

Graduate Admissions Director

JB Manchak

Graduate Advisor

Jennifer Gerson


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