M.A. in Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy offers a two-year program of study towards the completion of Master of Arts degree in Philosophy. Prior experience in academic philosophy is preferred, but admissions are open to qualified students with undergraduate degrees in any discipline. This program is designed to prepare students for higher level graduate study in philosophy and related fields as well as prepare students to teach philosophy in graduate school or at the community college level.
Our degree program includes both a thesis option (which includes an extended written treatment of a topic in the candidate’s area of specialization) and an exam option (which involves additional courses and a qualifying exam in an area of specialization). Both tracks require a minimum of 33 credit hours. Students may opt for either track, though students who do not pass the thesis proposal defense must satisfy the exam requirements to complete their MA.
For the degree of Master of Arts, students must meet the following departmental requirements:
- Completion of at least 27 semester hours of graduate credit in courses offered by the department of philosophy;
- Pass a qualifying or prospectus examination in the area of the student’s thesis;
- A written thesis for 6 semester hours of credit;
- An oral examination covering the material of the student’s thesis and a general competency in the subject areas relevant to the thesis.
- Completion of 33 semester hours of graduate credit in courses offered by the department of philosophy, excluding readings and research courses;
- Completion of an examination in one sub-field or area of competency in contemporary philosophy chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty.
For Both Options
- Completion of PHIL 3000 or PHIL 6000 (or its equivalent or satisfied as an undergraduate);
- Completion of PHIL 3210 and PHIL 3230 (or their equivalents in the student’s undergraduate program);
- Completion of at least 42 semester hours of graduate and undergraduate credit in philosophy.
Students must also satisfy the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as specified in the graduate student handbook.