The Department of Philosophy grants admission only for the Ph.D. program. The M.A. is awarded to students as they work successfully toward the Ph.D.; it is not offered as a terminal degree.
The main areas of study in the graduate curriculum are metaphysics, epistemology, history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, and value theory.
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Candidacy for the doctoral program is determined by a formal vote of the entire Department of Philosophy faculty, usually after the student has completed three semesters of graduate study in residence.
Requirements include courses in metaphysics, epistemology, history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, and value theory. Students are required to take a comprehensive examination that covers their area of specialization and includes both written and oral components. Upon successfully completing the exam, they begin work on a prospectus for their dissertation. There is no foreign language requirement. Contact the graduate studies director for more information.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.