BPhil Degree

Since its inception in 1987, the University Honors College (UHC) has been granted the authority to award the Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree. The BPhil is a unique undergraduate degree jointly awarded by UHC and any undergraduate school/college at Pitt, which is the “home school” of the recipient, signifying the highest level of scholarship attainable by an undergraduate student. The BPhil is the degree title and not related to the academic discipline of philosophy; one can pursue the BPhil degree in any undergraduate discipline at the University of Pittsburgh. The BPhil degree replaces the standard bachelor's degree a student would receive; students do not receive a BPhil degree in addition to another undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). Please note that in some professional schools the degree awarded will be a jointly-conferred BS or BA, not a BPhil; some professional schools may also give students the option of choosing between a BPhil degree or a jointly-conferred BS or BA degree.

Overview of BPhil Degree

Before beginning the BPhil degree, find out if this degree is a right fit for you. Browse some requirements.

Thesis Defense and Graduation Procedures

Read a guide for BPhil candidates as they plan for graduation and their thesis defense.

BPhil Thesis Defense Announcements

The following are the BPhil thesis defense announcements for candidates graduating in the upcoming semester.