2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 22, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, M.A.

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For information about the Master’s Degree please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Eric Hutton at eric.hutton@utah.edu or Connie Corbett at c.corbett@utah.edu

Master Requirements for Philosophy

Philosophy Department
215 S. Central Campus Drive
CTIHB, Room 402
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-581-8161
Fax: 801-585-5195

For information about the master’s program please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Eric Hutton at eric.hutton@utah.edu or Connie Corbett at c.corbett@utah.edu


Minimum Degree Hours:

Master’s Thesis Track: 30 credit hours (24 hours of coursework and 6 thesis research hours)  and defense of thesis

Master’s Non-thesis Track: 30 hours and best paper

Admissions Requirements

Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree or have equivalent undergraduate training, and must pass the Graduate Study Qualifying Examination (GSQE) during the first year of study as a matriculated student. 

Areas of Specialization

The department has particular strength in ethics; moral psychology; applied ethics, especially bioethics and environmental ethics; practical reason; and philosophy of science, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of the social sciences, and cognitive science. The department has significant strength also in the history of philosophy, as well as ancient Chinese philosophy.

Graduation Requirements

Master’s degree candidates must complete a total of 7 graduate level Philosophy courses, including two sections of the Proseminar (PHIL 7010 ) a course in advanced logic (PHIL 6200  or equivalent in other areas of formal methods, including Decision Theory, Game Theory, Probability Theory, and so on), and at least three 7000-level graduate seminars (including PHIL 7010 ) in the department. The M.A. requires demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language, normally French or German; the M.S. does not require a foreign language. The Master’s thesis is supervised by a faculty committee of three members and is to be defended in a public oral examination. Graduate School rules govern all students; however, each student’s course of study is prepared in consultation with an advisor. Consult the department’s graduate handbook for more detailed information about master’s degree requirements.

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