The MA in philosophy’s minimum degree requirement is 30 credits, including the writing of a thesis and its defense or a proficiency exam in a philosophical area chosen by both the student and the student’s committee. 21 of these credits must be in philosophy. All 30 credits must be earned with a grade of B or better, and at least 12 of the 21 philosophy credits must be in philosophy graduate seminars (Philos 700-900).
If the incoming student has little or no background in ancient philosophy, or in modern philosophy, the student will be required to take Great Thinkers of the Ancient Period (Philos 430) or Great Thinkers of the Modern Period (Philos 432) in order to satisfy the history requirements.
If the incoming student has little or only a limited background in Logic, the student will be required to satisfy the logic requirement. This is usually done by taking Philos 511 or Philos 712. Note: a single introduction to logic course during the student’s undergraduate career is usually not enough to satisfy the logic requirement.
There is no foreign language requirement for the completion of the Master of Arts degree in philosophy, though the department both allows and encourages all of its students to develop proficiency in a foreign or classical language.
The usual course distribution is the following: Semester I, 3 courses; Semester II, 3 courses; Semester III, 2 courses plus writing workshop; Semester IV, 2 courses plus thesis credit for the student who chooses the thesis option or three independent study credits to prepare for the MA exams for the student who chooses that option.
Please click on the link below “Master of Arts in Philosophy” for a more detailed description of the program’s requirements and its structural parameters.