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Philosophy Master's Degree Requirements

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The department has not established any special admissions requirements beyond those already established by the Graduate School.

Course of Study
The course requirement for the M.A. in Philosophy is satisfactory completion of 10 graduate-level (500 or above) courses. Of these, four must be university philosophy courses at the 700- level, exclusive of 796. The remaining six may include: up to six hours of Phil 699; university philosophy courses at the graduate level; or, with the approval of the department’s Graduate Program Director, graduate-level courses in other fields or at other institutions.

Summary of Degree Requirements
In addition to the course requirement, a candidate for the M.A. in Philosophy must also satisfy a course distribution requirement, and either (a) earn two passing grades in any combination of preliminary exams or “starred papers,” or (b) write, defend, and properly submit a satisfactory Master’s thesis. A complete account of the requirements for the M.A. in Philosophy is contained in “The M.A. Program in Philosophy,” available from the department.