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Philosophy M.A.

Philosophy Department
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Philosophy, 271 19th Avenue South, 831 Heller Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0310 (612-625-6563; fax: 612-626-8380)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
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.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
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:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
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.
Program Requirements
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.
PHIL 5xxx
PHIL 8xxx
Outside Coursework (6 credits)
Select 6 credits outside the major in consultation with the advisor and director of graduate studies.
Plan Options
Plan A
Thesis Credits
Take 10 masterís thesis credits.
PHIL 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
 
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PHIL 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]