Master of Arts (Philosophy)
In the Master of Arts (Philosophy) [MAPh] program students develop knowledge in both history of philosophy and systematic philosophy, and bring that knowledge into critical dialogue with modern and contemporary philosophical thought.
Depending upon their personal goals, students pursue one of two options. Recommended for those with an interest in advanced graduate studies, the thesis option allows students to explore a focused area of academic research on a particular topic of interest through elective coursework and a written thesis. An oral defense of that thesis provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate oral communication skills. Students who enroll in the non-thesis option integrate their knowledge in both history and systematic philosophy with a chosen area of contemporary inquiry. Students in this option demonstrate mastery of the material through a written comprehensive exam and oral presentations in the Philosophy Colloquium, which provides them with an opportunity to examine focused topics of interest in a collaborative learning environment.
The MAPh degree is a two-year program which requires a total of 48 units for each option distributed as indicated in the MAPh Thesis Option Degree Requirements and MAPH Non-Thesis Degree Requirements. Students must also complete all of the assessment portfolio requirements as described in the DSPT Student Handbook . The maximum time permitted for the completion of the program is four years computed from the date of initial registration. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
For admissions procedures for the M.A. (Philosophy) degree program, click here.
Goals and Outcomes
In addition to the stated institutional goals, students in the MA (Philosophy), Thesis Option develop:
In addition to the stated institutional outcomes, students must:
In addition to the stated institutional goals, students in the MA (Philosophy) develop:
In addition to the stated institutional outcomes, students must
Continue on to the MAPh Thesis Option Degree Requirements or MAPH Non-Thesis Degree Requirements. Students currently enrolled in the MAPh must consult the DSPT Student Handbook for program details.