Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree

The highest undergraduate distinction.

Only offered at a few universities worldwide, the prestigious BPhil enhances your bachelor's degree in any major with an independent research thesis.

The BPhil is a highly regarded credential that requires a rigorous curriculum and independent research (under the guidance of a dedicated faculty mentor.) You'll get the opportunity to defend your work before a committee of leading scholars in your field, including an external examiner at the forefront of your topic. 

 The BPhil is a higher distinction that replaces your standard BA or BS degree,* jointly awarded by Pitt Honors and your undergraduate school/college. 

BPhil details & process 

Is the BPhil right for me?

Before beginning the BPhil degree, review the requirements. To get a sense of the depth of study, you can also read the research from recent BPhil graduates

Thesis defense and graduation procedures

Follow the BPhil defense and graduation procedures guide as you plan your thesis defense and graduation.

Students might consider an International and Area Studies Dual Major, which requires a BPhil. 

Faculty information: A guide for thesis advisors 

*Because some professional fields emphasize a standard BA or BS, schools in those fields may award a jointly-conferred BS or BA, or give you an option.