Philosophy Graduate Program

Terminal M.A. Degree Requirements

The department offers thesis and non-thesis M.A. options. Both require:

  1. 30 credit hours of graduate course work in Philosophy with a grade of B- or higher, with a GPA of at least 3.0 over all courses in philosophy. At least 15 of these hours must be in courses numbered 800 or above and, for the thesis option, may include up to 6 hours of PHIL 899 Master’s Thesis. 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 30-hour graduate credit requirement unless the student took this course work for graduate credit and has successfully petitioned for department and College approval.
  2. PHIL 800: Graduate Tutorial must be taken in the first year of study 
  3. Successfully complete one final examination option:
    1. For the thesis option, the student must submit an acceptable thesis and pass a 2-part oral or written examination including 1 part covering the material of the M.A. program generally and a second part devoted to a defense of the thesis.
    2. For the non-thesis option, the student must pass an oral examination covering the material of the M.A. program.

Time Limits and Other Restrictions

Information on time limits may be found under Master's Degree Requirements and Program Time Constraints in the Graduate Regulations section of the online catalog. The rule for transferring credit toward the M.A. appears under General Regulations in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

 

Fast-Track M.A. Degree Requirements

Students must complete all of the following requirements for the Fast-Track M.A. within one calendar year post-bachelor’s:

  1. 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.
  2. PHIL 800 Tutorial with a grade of B or higher
  3. 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.  


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