Please Note: The Philosophy Department at the University of Washington does not offer a terminal M.A. degree.
This is a non-thesis program. There is no language requirement for the M.A. degree. The following requirements supplement the general requirements set forth by the UW Graduate School in the General Catalog (see the Graduate School Admissions page for further information). All students, whether or not they have earned an M.A. at another institution, must complete the M.A. requirements before entering the Ph.D. program.
As a condition for the M.A. degree, the Department requires that each student receive either a grade of 3.0 or better in one of the followinggraduate level logic courses: 470, 471. 472, 474, 483, 570, or a passing score on the departmental logic examination. We offer the departmental logic exam once annually upon request. Part-time students must satisfy this requirement by the time they submit their qualifying paper.
Students must complete eleven graduate courses in philosophy, with a grade of 3.0 or better in each course. At least four of these eleven courses must be seminars. For all 400 and 500 level courses (other than logic and related courses), graduate students must wirte a longer term paper (rather than taking exams or shorter paper options).
At the end of their second year, in lieu of a Master’s thesis, students submit one qualifying paper. (Part-time students will submit their paper for evaluation upon completion of eleven courses in philosophy. A change of status from full-time to part-time student requires departmental approval.)
The graduate faculty of the Department evaluates the students’ progress on the basis of course work in philosophy and the paper submitted. The graduate faculty then decides whether the students are:
- awarded an M.A. and admitted to the Ph.D. program;
- awarded an M.A. and invited to submit a qualifying paper a second time;
- awarded a terminal M.A.;
- or dropped from the program without a degree.
Students resubmitting a paper must do so by then end of summer quarter of that same year.
Students not yet admitted to the Ph.D. program must have at least 2 courses (10 credits) per quarter with a grade of 3.0 or better in order to be in good standing.
Please be aware that an excessive number of incompletes may jeopardize a student’s good standing. If a student does not make satisfactory progress in a given quarter, the director of graduate studies will recommend to the dean of the Graduate School that the student be placed on probation. If the student is not making satisfactory progress at the end of the next quarter, the director of graduate studies makes a second recommendation of probation. If the student is not making satisfactory progress at the end of the quarter after that, the director makes a recommendation that he/she be dropped from the program. Ideally, for each course taken, the instructor places a written evaluation in the students’ files. Students are encouraged to read these evaluations each quarter to get a better idea about their progress in the program.
Our graduate courses are divided into three areas. Students must take at least three courses in each of the three areas.
- Greek Philosophy
430, 431, 433, 520
- Modern Philosophy
422, 436, 437, 438, 522
- Recent Philosophy
- Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 570
- Philosophy of Science
459, 460, 466, 481, 482, 483, 560, 564, 566, 574
- Philosophy of Mind
463, 464, 563
- Philosophy of Language
443, 444, 453, 479
450, 490, 550
456, 556, 587
Courses numbered below 400 cannot be used to satisfy graduate degree requirements.
421, 413, 415, 416, 417, 418, 440, 538, 540
- Philosophy of Art
445, 446, 545
- Philosophy of History
- Social and Political Philosophy
406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 414, 461, 510, 514
- Philosophy of Religion
Note: This is a permanent course
list and includes a few classes that we offer very infrequently.
Please see the Courses page for current
and future course offerings.
Students may use three courses outside philosophy in determining whether they are making satisfactory progress. The courses must be approved by the director of graduate studies as part of a program of specialization. Courses in areas other than philosophy do not normally satisfy the eleven-course requirement
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