Students must complete all of the following requirements for the Fast-Track M.A. within one calendar year post-bachelor’s:
- 24 credit hours of graduate coursework (500-level or above) in Philosophy post-bachelor’s with a grade of B or higher. At least 15 of these hours must be in courses numbered 800 or above. Students must complete two courses at the 500-level or above (or the equivalent) in each of these areas: history of philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology (broadly construed), and value theory. Courses taken during the undergraduate career may be counted toward these area requirements, but such work does not count toward the overall 24-hour graduate credit requirement unless the student took this course work for graduate credit and it has department approval.
- PHIL 800 Tutorial with a grade of B or higher
- Successful completion of the M.A. exam, which consists of an oral defense of a seminar paper developed during a graduate course in the program
Time Limits and Other Restrictions
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the first semester of graduate study in order to maintain eligibility for the program and will be subject to a formal mid-year review to ensure satisfactory progress towards completion of the degree.
A student who receives a bachelor’s degree in Spring or Summer begins the M.A. portion of the degree that Fall. The student must complete all requirements for the Fast-Track M.A. by the first day of classes the following Fall. For example, if a student receives the bachelor’s in Spring 2014 and is accepted into this M.A. track, that student begins the additional year of coursework in Fall 2014 and must complete all requirements for the Fast-Track M.A. by the first day of classes in Fall 2015. Similarly, a student who receives the bachelor’s in the Fall begins the M.A. portion of the degree in the Spring. The student must then complete all requirements for the Fast-Track M.A. by the first day of classes the following Spring.
If a student does not complete the Fast-Track M.A. requirements within one year post-bachelor’s, the student may petition the department for admission to the standard 30-hour M.A. track. In extraordinary circumstances, for example, serious illness, students may petition the department to remain in the 24-hour track.