Graduate Program

The Department of Philosophy offers an M.A. degree in environmental philosophy and a graduate certificate in environmental ethics.

Grad Hike 2016

Students hike on Ch-Paa-Qh 

Yellowstone 2017

Wolf Watching in Yellowstone


All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent degree. The degree should be in the field of philosophy; provisional admission, however may be granted to promising applicants lacking a full undergraduate background in philosophy.

Graduate Admissions

Instructions for applying are available at Applying for Graduate Admission.

Department of Philosophy Materials

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Philosophy requires the following materials:

  • A letter describing the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study in philosophy at The University of Montana. The letter should clearly indicate if the applicant is applying to the traditional or environmental track.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's philosophical abilities.

Financial Assistance

The Department awards a limited number of teaching assistantships to qualified students. These carry a stipend of about $9,000 and a tuition waiver. You must indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship. We also have one Speckart-Forsberg Scholarship each year of $4,500 per semester. Philosophy graduate students are eligible for the Bertha Morton Fellowship and other University-wide financial aid programs, including those supported by the Federal government. Further information is available from the "Financial Assistance" section of the Graduate School web site and from the UM Financial Aid Office.

Graduate Advisor

Deborah Slicer

For additional information please contact:

Professor Deborah Slicer
Department of Philosophy
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-5780
Phone: (406) 243-2949