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Philosophy | MA Program

Philosophy (MA)

Offered by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission is based on academic record, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an academic writing sample. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General is required.

Degree Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • History of Philosophy track
    • Qualifying research paper focusing on a major text by a single figure in the history of Western or non-Western philosophy
    • Comprehensive examination requirement: submission of two qualifying papers, including one from a historical period of philosophy and one from feminist, Latin American, Asian philosophy, or critical race theory
  • Philosophy and Social Policy track
    • Substantial research paper analyzing the ethical and social issues arising from the student's internship experience
    • Comprehensive examination requirement: submission of two qualifying papers, including one in theoretical or applied ethics and one in nineteenth or twentieth century philosophy

Course Requirements

Tracks

Complete one of the following:

History of Philosophy Track (33 credit hours)

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate coursework

Philosophy and Social Policy Track (33 credit hours)

6 credit hours from the following:
6 credit hours from the following:
Internship in Philosophy
Applied Philosophy Courses
  • 6 credit hours in applied philosophy, with departmental approval
Philosophy or Religion Courses
  • 6 credit hours in philosophy or religion, with departmental approval
Additional Courses
  • 6 credit hours in social science or social policy from fields such as economics, sociology, anthropology, government, public administration, and justice, with departmental approval