Twin Cities Campus
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Philosophy, 271 19th Avenue South, 831 Heller Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0310 (612-625-6563; fax: 612-626-8380)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: The Philosophy graduate program rarely accepts applications directly to the MA; rather, the MA is an additional or alternative credential for students admitted to the Philosophy PhD program. In rare instances, MA applications are considered for individuals with professional goals in other fields.
Prerequisites for Admission
Preferred: Broad undergraduate background that includes some philosophy coursework.
Special Application Requirements:
Note: The Philosophy graduate program rarely accepts applications directly to the MA; rather, the MA is an additional or alternative credential for students admitted to the Philosophy PhD program. MA applications are considered for individuals with professional goals in other fields. Candidates admitted to the terminal MA may opt for the MA Plan A or MA Plan B. Please refer to the Department of Philosophy website at www.philosophy.umn.edu for information.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is written and oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The project comprises 3 Plan B papers completed in consultation with the advisor.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
4xxx-level courses are primarily for advanced undergraduate students. MA candidates should enroll in the 5xxx or 8xxx level equivalent course. In special cases, 4xxx-level courses will be accepted but must accompany the 8xxx-level workshop to be counted for graduate credit. Permission is required from the director of graduate studies. See the Department of Philosophy website at www.philosophy.umn.edu for more information. Coursework offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F.
Major Coursework (14 to 24 credits)
Plan A students select 14 credits, and Plan B students select 24 credits from the following, in consultation with the advisor and director of graduate studies. Coursework should include one course in ancient and one course in modern philosophy. Non-PHIL courses may be applied to this requirement with advisor and director of graduate studies approval.
Outside Coursework (6 credits)
Select 6 credits outside the major in consultation with the advisor and director of graduate studies.
Take 10 masterís thesis credits.
PHIL 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
|Credits:||1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]|
|Grading Basis:||No Grade|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall & Spring|