Philosophy (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Admission requires approval by the admissions officer of the Department. Prerequisites should include courses in logic, value theory, and the history of philosophy. The Graduate Record Examination is required if the student’s undergraduate grade point average is below 2.75 for a degree awarded by an accredited institution, or below 3.0 for a degree awarded by a non-accredited institution.

The master’s degree is offered by this department under the following options:

Plan A: Twenty-four credits in course work, including at least two graduate seminars at the 7000-level in philosophy, plus an eight-credit master’s thesis.

Plan B: Twenty-eight credits in course work, including at least two graduate seminars at the 7000-level in philosophy, plus a four-credit master’s essay.

Plan C: (open only to prospective doctoral candidates registered in the Ph.D. program) Thirty-two credits of course work, including at least two graduate seminars at the 7000-level in philosophy, plus satisfaction of all Ph.D. logic and preliminary essay requirements.

Candidacy must be established by the time twelve credits have been earned. All students in the master’s program must pass the Departmental examinations in elementary logic before the second year of study.

Academic Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.