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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Degree Programs

Department of Philosophy


Undergraduate Admission

If you're interested in earning your undergraduate degree in philosophy, follow the University's general application guidelines and steps to start the admission process.

Graduate Admission

To apply to our MA program:

  • You must already be enrolled in another master's program at the University to apply to our program. We offer our MA only as a flexible, dual-degree program in conjunction with either the Department of Religious Studies or another discipline, which we must approve before you can apply.
  • You must be eligible to apply, meaning you must apply to our program before the fourth quarter of study—or third semester within the law program—in your existing graduate-degree program (this includes summers).
  • Create and submit for approval proposals for your desired dual-degree program. Send your proposal—which should contain printouts of each degree program's requirements, the dual-degree program's requirements, and your written defense of why the two programs complement one another—to the following, in this order:
    • each program's dean, chair or director, and both programs' advisers
    • the Office Of Graduate Education
    • the Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
  • You're not required to have earned your bachelor's degree in philosophy, but we prefer that background.
  • You must take and pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
  • If you're an international student, you must earn and submit a TOEFL score of at least 550. (See the full list of admission requirements for international students.)
  • Submit your application online.

Click here to view the 2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin.

To become a candidate within our joint PhD program:

Learn more about admission requirements and other details for our PhD program.