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Fifth Year B.A/M.A. Program

philosophy department

Undergraduate philosophy majors may opt to enter a five-year B.A./M.A. program. Application to the Program will normally take place during the junior year. Students admitted to the B.A./M.A. program will follow the curriculum for philosophy majors, except that two courses taken during the senior year must be eligible for graduate credit. These two courses will count toward the M.A. as well as the B.A. The remainder of the M.A. may thus be completed by taking eight additional graduate courses, as well as the M.A. comprehensive examination and meeting the language requirement for Master's students. It is advisable to consult with the Director of the Graduate Program during junior year. In addition to the two graduate level courses that count toward both the B.A. and the M.A., it is strongly recommended that the student take two graduate level courses in the senior year that are beyond the 120 credit hours required for the B.A. and thus count only for the M.A. degree. This allows the student to take a normal graduate course load the fifth year, of three courses a semester, in preparation for the M.A. comprehensive examination.

Interested undergraduate philosophy majors must apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Expectations are that such applicants will have achieved an overall GPA of at least 3.33 and a major GPA of 3.5 or above.

For those applying, the application fee is waived and the GRE is not required. Students will need a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation, and a final transcript.