Master Requirements for Philosophy
215 S. Central Campus Drive
CTIHB, Room 402
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
For information about the master’s program please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Eric Hutton at email@example.com or Connie Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.