MA Program

The M.A. program is designed to be completed in one or two years.


Breadth Requirements

All graduate students fulfill a set of breadth requirements with the first year coursework. These requirements provide a common experience on which students can build their individual projects and a shared framework within which they can exchange ideas. Students take at least one course in the area of metaphysics and epistemology, one course in the history of philosophy, and one course in the area of moral philosophy. 


A minimum of nine, 5-credit graduate seminars. Up to two seminars may be taken from other departments and up to two may be independent studies.


There is no foreign language requirement for M.A. students.

Master's Paper

By the end of the second year of study and the completion of 45 credits, M.A. students will submit a master's paper, which will normally be defended before a committee of three faculty.*


*Exceptions may be granted for a committee of two faculty