Admissions Requirements

Unconditional Admission


For unconditional admission to the Master of Arts program in philosophy, applicants must normally have completed 18 semester hours in philosophy at an accredited institution, including courses that are the equivalents of those required for our bachelor's degree:

  • Two courses in the history of western philosophy, one of which must cover either Ancient Philosophy or Early Modern Philosophy.
  • Ethics.
  • Logic II


Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.33 (A = 4.00) on the last 60 hours of course credit. Unconditional admission also requires that applicants have acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who have not completed the equivalent of the coursework required for our bachelor's degree may be admitted conditionally on the understanding that such requirements must be satisfied after entering the program.

Undergraduate courses taken to meet lower-division prerequisites (like Logic II) will not count toward the hours required for the master's degree. However a graduate level course in logic is offered that will satisfy the Logic II requirement. This and other upper-division hours taken to satisfy distribution requirements can count toward the master's degree. Conditional admission may also be granted to applicants who do not satisfy the grade requirements for unconditional admission if:

  • their overall grade point average on the last 60 hours of credit is at least 2.60 (A = 4.00)
  • their grade point average in philosophy courses is at least 3.00 (A = 4.00)
  • their scores on the Graduate Record Examination are high enough to indicate probable success in the program.