Course Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 course credit hours in philosophy, at least 21 of which must be at the 700 level (not including the Proseminar). Students are required to pass the following courses:

PHI 701Proseminar (First Semester)3
PHI 702Proseminar (Second Semester)3
Logic Requirement
PHI 611Formal Logic3
Ethics Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Ethical Theory
Political Philosophy
Epistemology and Metaphysics
Select one of the following:3
Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine
Mind and Language
Induction, Probability, and Scientific Method
Select one of the following:3
History of Logic
History of Ethics
Presocratics and Plato
Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
The Phenomenological Tradition
Qualifying Exam **
700 Level PHI Electives21
Total Credit Hours45

In some cases certain course requirements may (with the approval of the director of graduate studies) be waived for students who have completed equivalent work as part of a prior M.A. degree in philosophy.


A comprehensive qualifying exam must be taken. Exams are given the grade of 0, 1 or 2. A grade of 1 or 2 is sufficient for the student to be awarded the MA. The student is provided with a reading list in their intended area of specialization. The student studies the material on the reading list, writes a paper of 7,000–10,000 words on a topic central to this material, and participates in an oral defense of the paper as it relates to the reading list.


Satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School as stated in this Bulletin.