Master of Arts in Philosophy
Admission to Program
Philosophy courses at another university) with a grade of B+ or better. Students who have not completed these required classes may begin the program as "conditionally classified" with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator in Philosophy, but they will be required to make up any deficiencies by receiving a grade of B+ or better in each required class. have completed the following five undergraduate courses (or equivalent
|PHIL 205||Formal Logic I||3|
|PHIL 301||Ancient Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 303||Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 321||Being and Knowing||3|
A GPA of 3.0 or better is expected for (1) the last 60 undergraduate units, and (2) all Philosophy courses.
Written English Proficiency Requirement
The University has a requirement for written English proficiency that is to be assessed at two different points in a student's program.
Pre-admission writing sample.
Satisfactory completion of the examination in PHIL 898 (and Oral Exam).
Advancement to Candidacy
To advance to candidacy so as to commence work formally on their M.A. thesis, , which must include PHIL 715 and at least two other graduate seminars in Philosophy. An “Advancement To Candidacy” form must be filed with Graduate Studies.
All upper-division courses offered by the Philosophy department may be considered for the master's degree, upon approval of the graduate coordinator. The graduate coordinator will not approve any course numbered 300 to 599 in which a student receives a grade below an A-. Courses numbered 600 to 699 must have received a grade of B- or better, except that with permission of the graduate coordinator some courses in this range may be counted with a grade of CR.
Students become subject to declassification from the Philosophy MA program and/or disqualification from the University if they are on administrative or academic probation for more than one consecutive semester during their time as a graduate student.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and current state of the discipline of philosophy.
- Demonstrate a sophisticated grasp of representative philosophical issues and ways of dealing with them.
- Demonstrate a mature capacity to apply philosophical methods to intellectual problems and to engage in philosophical discussions meeting the standards of the discipline.
- Apply advanced analytic skills.
- Apply advanced interpretive skills.
- Demonstrate mastery of the imaginative development of abstract formulations and their concrete applications.
- Develop the philosophical skills and knowledge necessary to do graduate work at the Ph.D. level.
- Develop the philosophical skills and knowledge necessary to teach philosophy at the community college (lower-division) level.
- Demonstrate the capacity to study philosophy beyond the undergraduate level for the purposes of self-enrichment or to acquire additional expertise related to their professions.
Philosophy (M.A.) — 33 Units Minimum
- Pedagogical Training may be satisfied in several ways, including enrollment in PHIL 718. Students should consult with their advisor to identify the best means to satisfy this requirement.
- Graduate Electives (additional units in philosophy or in a related field) may come from graduate and upper-division courses, but at least 6 units must be at the graduate level.
|PHIL 715||Seminar in Philosophical Writing||3|
|Graduate seminars in philosophy 1||12|
|Additional units in philosophy or in a related field 2||9|
|PHIL 896||Directed Reading in Fundamental Philosophical Texts 3||3|
|PHIL 898||Master's Thesis 4||3|
Excludes PHIL 715.
Must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator. Six units must be at the graduate level.
PHIL 896 is a mandatory CR/NC course. Students who fail the exam may attempt it only once more, after enrolling again. Before enrolling again, students should consult with the Graduate Coordinator to determine when they are ready. It must be completed with a CR before the student may enroll in PHIL 898, the master's thesis course.
Includes an Oral Examination in Defense of the Thesis.