DePaul University College of LAS > Academics > Philosophy > Graduate > Philosophy (PhD) > Degree Requirements
The following are the minimal degree requirements. Additional study may be required depending on the student’s academic background and his or her achievement in the program.
A minimum of 112 quarter hours of post-baccalaureate credit, including
Of the 64 quarter hours (16 courses) required for the Ph.D.,16 quarter-hours (4 courses) must be taken in accordance with the following distribution requirements:
Until all course work is completed, students will be required to submit two file papers per year. These papers will be read by a second member of the faculty who will judge whether the papers meet the standards of the graduate program. The Graduate Affairs Committee will review every student's progress toward the degree once a year, normally at the beginning of the Spring quarter. Students deemed not to be making satisfactory progress may be placed on probation or required to leave the program.
Competence in two of French, German, Latin, or Greek are required. On approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee, competence in other languages may be used to fulfill the language requirements if deemed appropriate to the research undertaken.
Completion of the doctoral dissertation, ordinarily of 200-275 pages including scholarly apparatus, and a public oral defense of this work before the dissertation committee.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Ethics is an option for doctoral students in Philosophy who want to gain a competency in business ethics, qualifying them to teach undergraduate and MBA courses in that subject. This Certificate does not require a dissertation in applied ethics. Rather it is designed to give students, regardless of their area of specialization, a strong background in business ethics so that they will be competent and competitive in the academic market, as well as comfortable teaching business ethics both at DePaul and in their academic careers.
A minimum of 16 quarter hours including:
Applicants can apply by sending a letter of intent to the Certificate Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies. Applicants must have at least a B average and will agree to make the above required courses as part of their program of study for the Ph.D.
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