Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

The master’s degree program with report requires completion of Philosophy 384F and 398R, twenty-seven additional semester hours of graduate coursework in philosophy, or twenty-one additional semester hours of graduate coursework in philosophy and six hours of upper-division or graduate coursework in a supporting subject. The master’s degree program with thesis requires completion of thirty hours of graduate coursework in philosophy, or twenty-four hours of graduate coursework in philosophy including Philosophy 698 and six hours of upper-division or graduate coursework in a supporting subject.

Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to the general requirements given in Degree Requirements, the requirements for the doctoral degree are as follows:

  1. Philosophy 384F and 389, completed in the first year of graduate study.
  2. A graduate course in each of the following: history of philosophy (any period up to or including Kant), metaphysics and epistemology, and ethics.
  3. Philosophy 398T, a one-semester teaching internship.
  4. Five additional graduate courses in philosophy.
  5. Proficiency in a language other than English, or two additional graduate seminars in philosophy, or two additional upper-division or graduate seminars in a related area approved by the Graduate Studies Committee chair. Proficiency in a foreign language may be shown by completion of four semesters of coursework, or the equivalent, either before or after admission to the program.
  6. Completion and defense of a dissertation prospectus, by the end of the third year.
  7. Completion and defense of a dissertation.