Traditional M.A. Degree

This program is reasonably broad, encompassing both the analytic and continental traditions.  It includes rigorous work in the history of philosophy and on contemporary issues. A minimum of 36 graduate credits must be presented for the degree as well as a 50-60 page thesis paper written in consultation with a committee of three faculty.

Requirements for the Traditional M.A. Degree

A.  36 graduate credits

  1. 33 credits must be in Philosophy.  These include:
    • Topics in Epistemology, Philosophy of Technology or Philosophy of Science (PHL 501, 3 credits)
    • Topics in Value Theory (PHL 502, 3 credits)
    • Topics in the History of Philosophy (PHL 503 or 462 or 464 or 465 or 466, 3 credits)
    • Philosophy Forum (PHL 510, 2 credits)
    • Philosophy electives (18 credits)
    • Thesis (PHL 599, 4 credits)
  2. 3 credits may be take outside of the Department of Philosophy (with approval of the Graduate Advisor).
  3. At least half the credits required for the dregree (excluding a combined total of 10 for thesis and research) must be at the 500 level.

B.  Thesis:  Students must successfully complete and defend a 30-40 page thesis on a topic in philosophy.

Graduate Program Contact: Professor Deborah Slicer