MA in Philosophy

About the Master of Arts in Philosophy

At this time, our Department is not admitting students who are seeking a terminal master’s degree. However, our doctoral students earn an MA degree en route to the PhD.

Please see the admission criteria for our doctoral degree program.

Admission Contact Information
Paul Weirich
College of Arts and Science
Department of Philosophy
415 Strickland Hall
(573) 882-6760

Degree Requirements

  • 30 semester hours of graduate work, 15 of which must be at the 8000 level.
  • At least 80 percent of the hours submitted for the master’s program must be completed with a grade of A or B.
  • A distribution of graduate courses including a proseminar for all first year students, one course in the history of philosophy and one course in either ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, or epistemology.
  • A thesis or two papers of format and topic appropriate for a refereed paper in a major journal, displaying sustained research and philosophical analysis, and an oral defense of the thesis or papers.