Degree Requirements

Philosophy Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Philosophy: 30 credit hours 

Coursework: 24 credit hours

Eight graduate courses in philosophy are required. Students are expected to take courses in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics and to cover the major epochs of Western philosophy. Courses are arranged so as to cover in a given school year systematic issues dealing with the human person and with Being/God as well as with ancient, medieval, modern, and recent texts. 

Thesis: 6 credit hours

The thesis requirement comprises 6 credit hours.

Foreign language requirement

A reading knowledge of one foreign language pertinent to the field of the thesis is required. The language requirement may be met by completing an upper level language course with a grade of B or better, or by passing an examination in translation.

Comprehensive exam

The comprehensive examination based on a list of classic texts in the history of philosophy from Parmenides to Heidegger.  

Additional Stipulations

  • Entry into the program requires a bachelor's degree in philosophy or a related field, unless determined otherwise by the graduate dean.
  • Entering students should have an undergraduate background of at least 15 credit hours in course work that covers classical metaphysics, ethics, and the history of philosophy as prerequisite to graduate studies in philosophy; candidates who cannot present this preparation may be required to do additional course work.
  • Students may pursue the M.A. degree either full-time or part-time. Scheduling of courses is flexible to accommodate the needs of part-time students.
  • It is sometimes possible to take courses ordinarily offered only for Institute of Philosophic Studies students as well as courses in other departments, particularly the Departments of Politics and Literature.

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