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. 

In the first year, students will take at least one course in:

  • metaphysics and epistemology
  • history of philosophy
  • moral philosophy
  • 3 electives (any three graduate seminars in philosophy)


A total of nine, 5-credit graduate seminars is required for completion of the MA Program. Up to two seminars may be taken from other departments and up to two may be independent studies. In addition to the six courses listed above to be taken in year one, MA students are expected to take at least three more seminars in year two.


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 two faculty.*


*Committees of three faculty are also permitted