College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Philosophy > Graduate Program > Philosophy (MA/PhD & 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,
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.
For PhD students, competence in two languages of research are required, usually French, German, Latin, or Greek. 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 by the student. Student must pass ONE language competency exam before SCHEDULING their Dissertation Proposal Defense, and they must pass BOTH language competency exams before SCHEDULING their Dissertation Defense.
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 PhD.
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