Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Program requirements:

  • 30 credit hours of course work (10 courses)
    • One course must be the Proseminar, taken in the first fall semester.
  • Reading proficiency in one philosophical research language (usually Greek, Latin, French, or German; others available by request).
  • A successful completion of the oral examination in one area of concentration. This exam will be based on an essay selected by the student in discussion with faculty associated with one of the streams.
    • This exam will be based on an essay selected by the student in discussion with faculty associated with one of the streams.

Strongly Recommended:

  • Participation in the Teacher Orientation and Practicum [TOP], with certification of participation by the Department of Philosophy upon completion
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing in the program and to maintain their grant support
  • Students are strongly advised to finish their coursework on time and to avoid taking 'incompletes'

Course options & Schedule Information:

  • Students are advised to take:
    • Six courses in their first year
    • Four in their second
    • A portion of the course requirement may be fulfilled by graduate course work in the Departments of English, Theological Studies, Bioethics, or Yoga Studies (Indian philosophy) with the approval of the program director.