The graduate program in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut enables students to earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the process of obtaining the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). We generally admit only those students intending to obtain the Ph.D. Most students enter with at least a B.A. in Philosophy or related field (such as Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or Neuroscience) and obtain the M.A. in the first two years of the program, proceeding from that point to the Ph.D. Students who are admitted with an M.A. in Philosophy from another program have the option of accelerating their progress toward the Ph.D. In addition to those imposed by the Graduate School, the graduate program in Philosophy has additional requirements listed below.

Master of Arts in Philosophy

Requires a minimum of 30 credits from Philosophy coursework, plus an additional three credits of Master’s Thesis Research.

Required Courses: PHIL 5301 and 5307.

Philosophical Writing. Students must submit two essays from any area(s) of Philosophy demonstrating mastery in one or more subjects in the field.

Research Proposal. Students must demonstrate ability to formulate an original and defensible line of philosophical research.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 24 credits beyond the M.A. degree, plus 15 credits of GRAD 6950 (Dissertation Research). The Ph.D. in Philosophy does not have a related area or foreign language requirement.

Required Courses: PHIL 5301 and 5307.

General Examination. Students must demonstrate mastery in each of three areas: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy; Metaphysics, Epistemology, Language, Formal Semantics, Mind, Science, Logic, and History of Philosophy.

Dissertation Proposal. Students must complete a dissertation proposal, which includes submitting a written proposal and passing a formal dissertation proposal evaluation.

Dissertation. The dissertation has both a written and oral component.

The programs are offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.