MA Program

Program Requirements

The MA in Philosophy can be completed as a thesis-based degree or as a course-based degree. While prospective students have to apply for either the thesis-based or the course-based program, it is possible to change the program based on recommendation or approval by the department.

 Thesis-based MA

The thesis-based Ma program requires the completion of *18 in coursework taken in the first two semesters of study, and a thesis. Required coursework depends on the area of specialization and the undergraduate background of the student.

Course-based MA

The course-based MA program normally consists of the completion of *24 in coursework, including a capping project.Required coursework depends on the area of specialization and the undergraduate background of the student. 

It normally includes six graduate-level courses (*18), taken in the first two semesters of study, one (*3) graduate-level Directed Reading course (which may be taken in the Fall, Winter, or Spring semester), and one (*3) capstone research project (Phil 900).

There is no language requirement or residency requirement for the degree of MA (thesis-based or course-based).

Length of Program

The time required to complete the MA will vary with the degree-track selected and the preparation of the candidate for graduate coursework.

Thesis-based MA degree Many candidates for the thesis-based MA take 20 months to complete the requirements for the degree.  The maximum time permitted to complete the thesis-based MA program is four years.

Course-based MA degree Candidates will require at least 10 months to complete the requirements for the degree, and many will need a full year.  The maximum time permitted to complete the course-based MA is six years.

Students with very little background in Philosophy may be required to enroll in a qualifying year, or as a special student before being considered eligible for admission to a graduate degree program.