Philosophy Program

The Dual M.A. in Philosophy/Ph.D. in Religion

This dual-degree program allows Ph.D. students in Religion to earn an M.A. in Philosophy along the way. The program is designed for students who want a strong general foundation in philosophy to support their work in the philosophy of religion. It also constitutes a good dual qualification for teaching, particularly in colleges with joint philosophy and religion departments.

Course Requirements

Of the 40 units required for the M.A., 12 units will be counted from philosophy of religion Ph.D. courses and 28 units will be required philosophy coursework. Course requirements include Topics in Philosophy, Logic I, an approved course in metaphysics or epistemology, an approved course in ethics or value theory, an approved course in modern philosophy, an approved course in ancient philosophy, one advanced seminar not in the philosophy of religion, and 12 units in the philosophy of religion (Ph.D. courses). The Ph.D. component requires these 12 units in philosophy of religion plus an additional 32 units. The student will complete a total of 72 units for both degrees.

Transfer Credits
Up to 12 units may be transferred in on the basis of previous graduate work; this total includes any transfer units credited toward the M.A. in philosophy. The student will need to validate, on the basis of transcripts or breadth exams (to be taken upon entrance), some competence in two areas of religion other than the philosophy of religion, one of which must be a religious tradition outside of the student’s own.

Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of French and German is required.

Qualifying Examinations

Qualifying examinations are set for the individual student with a view to his or her dissertation topic.


For additional information about the Philosophy program requirements, please see the department handbook.

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