College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Philosophy > Graduate Program > Philosophy (MA and PhD) > Degree Requirements
The majority of students will be entering the graduate program directly from the BA and then proceeding through the MA on the way to a PhD. However, in rare cases, where a student has external funding (e.g. a Fulbright scholar visiting from abroad), a student may be admitted for a terminal MA. And also in rare cases, a student will enter the program with an MA in philosophy from another university. For these reasons, we outline the following paths through the program here: MA/PhD, PhD, MA.1
Important note: Students entering the PhD program in Philosophy in the Fall of 2019 onward will be required to take the full doctoral program in its entirety (28 courses), whether they are entering with a BA or an MA.
A minimum of 112 quarter hours of graduate level course work (28 courses), including:
Of the 112 quarter hours (26 courses) required for the MA/PhD, 32 quarter hours (8 courses) must be taken in accordance with the following distribution requirements:
Of the 48 quarter hours of graduate level course work (12 courses) required for the MA degree, 16 quarter hours (4 courses) must be taken in accordance with the following minimal distribution requirements:
For those given credit for an MA in philosophy from another institution, 76 quarter hours of graduate level courses are required for the PhD, including:
Of those 68 quarter hours of graduate course work (17 courses), 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.
The Philosophy Department at DePaul places a very high priority on working in original languages, rather than translations. For PhD students, competence in TWO languages of research are thus required. These are commonly French, German, Latin, or Greek, although competence in other languages may be used to fulfill the language requirements, if it is deemed appropriate to the research undertaken by the student. Prior to beginning preparation to pass a language requirement (by either of the two paths outlined below), the student should submit a short paragraph to the Director of Graduate Studies, to be reviewed by the Graduate Affairs Committee, outlining why the language in question will be important to the student’s future research. The student must complete the requirement for ONE language before SCHEDULING the Dissertation Proposal Defense, and must complete the requirement for a SECOND language before SCHEDULING the Dissertation Defense.
There are TWO ways in which students can complete their requirements:
For PhD students, the student must first form a doctoral dissertation committee by filling out the official Dissertation Committee Constitution Form and submitting it to the director at least two weeks prior to the Proposal Defense. If the proposal is successfully defended in the eyes of the committee, and all other requirements have been fulfilled, the student then transitions to ABD status and begins officially working on his or her dissertation. Once the dissertation has been written, the student should distribute the complete and thoroughly copy-edited document to the committee a minimum of one month prior to the scheduled Dissertation Defense, a public oral defense of the completed project before the student's committee members. The doctoral dissertation is ordinarily 200-275 pages, including scholarly apparatus.
The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics is an option for doctoral candidates in Philosophy who want (a) to cultivate their ability to engage in critical analysis of bioethical issues, and (b) to train to teach bioethics, biomedical ethics, or medical ethics to a variety of different kinds of students.
The Certificate requirements are as follows:
A minimum of 16 quarter hours including:
Applicants apply for the Certificate by sending a letter of intent to the Director of Graduate Studies. Applicants agree to make the above required courses part of their program of study for the Ph.D and must maintain a B average in all Certificate courses.
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.
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 PhD.
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