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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Religious Studies

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Graduate Degrees

Dual Master's Degree

Program Overview

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Denver offers an MA in philosophy, but only when done through the University's flexible dual-degree program in conjunction with an MA in religious studies.

The philosophy faculty places a strong emphasis on research and personal interaction with students.

Our program is designed to meet the needs of two kinds of students:

  1. those wishing to prepare for doctoral work in philosophy; and
  2. those seeking an individualized course of study with a more interdisciplinary focus.

Areas of concentration include:

  • the history of Western thought;
  • interpretive and critical theory;
  • practical philosophy;
  • meta-philosophy; and
  • studies in creative and critical reasoning about human nature and values.

Dual-Degree Requirements

  • 75 quarter hours of coursework (divided 45/30 between the two departments) planned in conjunction with advisers from both departments
  • a comprehensive exam covering the history of Western philosophy
  • a portfolio paper approved by a committee of three department faculty members
  • an oral defense covering both the comprehensive exam on the history of philosophy and the portfolio paper
  • a comprehensive exam dealing with the five major religious traditions and a topic selected in advance by the graduate student

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate major in philosophy is desirable, but talented students from other areas will be considered for admission. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required.

International applicants must also provide a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. Students may not attain regular student status before taking the GREs.

Students must also be accepted for an MA in religious studies and be matriculated through the flexible dual-degree program.

Contact Information

Religious studies graduate adviser
Carl Raschke
Phone: 303-871-3206
Email: [email protected]

Philosophy graduate adviser
Frank Seeburger
Phone: 303-871-2766
Email: [email protected]