The Department of Philosophy offers courses of study that lead to a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy. Master’s students can specialize in applied ethics, particularly animal welfare and environmental ethics; comparative philosophy; ethical theory; history of modern philosophy; metaphysics; aesthetics; or epistemology. Students interested in graduate work should refer to the Graduate and Professional Bulletin and the Department of Philosophy.

Effective Fall 2012

Any courses required to address deficiencies must be completed before graduation. Credits earned through completion of such courses do not count toward the M.A. degree.

Required Courses
PHIL 500Seminar in Major Philosophical Texts3
PHIL 547Seminar in Meta-Ethics3
Philosophy Electives
PHIL ***::Philosophy Electives 1,2,3,415-24
Out-of-Department Courses
Out-of-Department Courses 20-9
PHIL 698Research3-6
Final Examination 0
Program Total Credits:33

A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this program.


Select courses with PHIL subject code. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken as regular courses (courses ending in -00 through -79) at the 500 to 600 level.


Students may select a maximum of 6 credits total within the program at the 400-level with approval of advisor and graduate committee.


A maximum of 6 credits may be taken as PHIL 695 and/or PHIL 697.


A maximum of 2 credits may be taken as PHIL 684.

Students must complete the minimum number of credits specified in the official program of study as approved by the University Curriculum Committee, and all credit requirements specified in the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for their degree.