DePaul University College of LAS > Academics > Philosophy > Graduate Program > Philosophy (MA and MA/PhD) > Degree Requirements
Of the 48 quarter hours of graduate philosophy courses numbered 400 and over (12 courses) required for the MA degree, 16 quarter hours (4 courses) must be taken in accordance with the following distribution requirements:
Each year the full-time student will submit two file papers which will be kept in the student's ongoing portfolio. These papers will be read by a second member of the faculty who will judge whether the paper meets 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.
By the time of the conferral of the MA, students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward competency in a language of research. 'Satisfactory progress' here may mean taking and passing one of the Language Proficiency Exams organized and offered by the Department of Philosophy faculty, or it may mean participating in and passing language courses at DePaul during the school year or during the summer, or it may mean some other steps taken toward competence. The student will report his or her progress when submitting materials for the annual review. Most often, the language of research is Greek, Latin, German, or French, though students can petition to have any other language count.
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