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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 08, 2021
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Philosophy, MA


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Requirements for the MA


The University requirement for the degree is eight courses (24 credits), of which at least four courses must be at the graduate level. The department also offers a special MA program to enable graduate students who have already earned an MA in  philosophy at Duquesne University and continue in Duquesne’s PhD program to acquire an additional MA degree in philosophy from the department. See http://www.philosophy.pitt.edu/sited/default/files/gradhandbook2013.pdf. All departmental requirements for the MA degree are detailed below.

Departmental requirements are fully spelled out in the Handbook of Rules and Policies for Graduate Study in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh (PDF). In summary, these requirements include:

  1. proficiency in French, German, Greek, or Latin, shown by passing a departmental translation examination (waived for secondary MA students)
  2. proficiency in basic logic, normally shown by passing (with a grade of at least B) PHIL 1500
  3. proficiency in metaphysics and epistemology, and either ethics or philosophy of science shown by passing (with a grade of at least B+) graduate seminars in each of these areas
  4. proficiency in the history of philosophy, shown by doing two units, where a unit is a graduate seminar or departmental examination covering a historical topic

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