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Program Overview The MA Program is designed to insure that candidates for the degree will have an opportunity to develop: 1) an historical perspective on the discipline, 2) an understanding of some of the current pressing issues in several key subfields, and 3) the skills associated with critical thinking.

The MA program in philosophy provides students with the foundation for either doctoral studies in philosophy or other careers where logic, critical thinking, and values clarification are prized (e.g. law).

Admission Requirements Only students who have earned at least a 3.0 (B) average in their undergraduate courses will be admitted to the graduate program in philosophy. It is expected that applicants will have earned at least 21 semester hours in philosophy as an undergraduate. Application, along with transcripts and GRE scores, can either be submitted via the Ohio University on-line application process or mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Letters of Reference (3), personal statement, and a sample of philosophical writing can either be submitted via the on-line application process or sent as hard-copy directly to the Graduate Chair. All application materials must be received by March 1st if an applicant wishes to be considered for financial assistance for the following acacademic year.

Degree Requirements The Master of Arts in Philosophy is granted upon the satisfaction of the following requirements:

    1. Completion of 33 semester hours of graduate level philosophy in addition to any course(s) taken to compensate for deficiencies in undergraduate preparation. Eighteen of these hours must derive from classroom courses at the 5000 level. PHIL 6850, 6901, 6902, and 6903 are additionally required as indicated in (2) and (3) below. The 33 hours must include at least one selection from each of the groups indicated below. Other course offerings may also count toward requirements at the discretion of the graduate chair.

    a. Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics (5020 or 5170 or 5200 or 5270)
    b. Ancient Philosophy (5180 or 5190)
    c. Modern Philosophy (5280 or 5290 or 5380)
    d. Value Theory (5300 or 5320 or 5340 or 5400 or 5420)
    e. Epistemology, Science, and Metaphyics (5140 or 5160 or 5170 or 5500 or 5510)

    2. Enrollment in 6903 Seminar, 6850 Forum, and 6901 Supervised Teaching in each semester they are offered while in residence.

    3. Enrollment (especially in the second year) in a suitable number of hours of 6950 Thesis.

    4. Submission of an acceptable thesis on an approved topic, and an acceptable defense of it during an oral thesis examination. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a student may attempt a thesis defense no more than twice during his or her maximal six-year term of admission.

    Policy Regarding Adequate Progress Toward the Degree Graduate students are expected to make continuous and adequate progress toward the degree. Progress is defined as:

    1. Enrolling in appropriate philosophy graduate courses (9 hours per semester).
    2. Maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.
    3. Avoiding grades of "I".
    4. Avoiding any more than two grades of "PR".
    5. Arranging for a thesis advisor and a committee of two other readers by the end of fall semester of the student's second year.
    6. Submitting a thesis proposal by the last week of fall semester of the student's second year.
    7. Evidence of regular progress in completing the thesis (e.g., the submitting of drafts, frequent meetings with thesis advisor, etc.).

Failure to satisfy any of these conditions can result in dismissal from the program.

Financial Assistance The Philosophy Department is able to offer the following types of financial assistance:

Teaching Assistantships - stipends of about $10,330 (2012-2013) with accompanying scholarship for payment of tuition.
OGS Scholarships (pays majority of tuition costs).

Placement Upon Completion of Degree Upon completion of a Master's Degree in Philosophy at Ohio University, recent graduates have gone on to doctoral study in philosophy, professional study, and law in institutions such as Harvard, Rutgers, Princeton, Yale, Boston University, Rochester, Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Loyola, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nebraska, Baylor, UC-Santa Barbara, Univ. of Hawaii - Honolulu, Univ. of Toronto, Indiana University, Texas A&M, Univ. of Tennessee.

Philosophy Courses

PHIL 5020 - Techniques of Formal Analysis (c)
PHIL 5120 - Philosophy of Biology (c)
PHIL 5130 - Philosophy and Freudian Analysis
PHIL 5140 - Analytic Philosophy (c)
PHIL 5150 - Contemporary Philosophical Problems
PHIL 5160 - Philosophy of Science (c)
PHIL 5170 - Philosophy of Logic (c)
PHIL 5180 - Plato (c)
PHIL 5190 - Aristotle (c)
PHIL 5200 - Symbolic Logic II (c)
PHIL 5210 - Proof Theory
PHIL 5220 - Computability Theory
PHIL 5230 - Modal and M V Logics
PHIL 5240 - Foundation Theory
PHIL 5250 - Philosophical Problems in Quantum Physics (c)
PHIL 5260 - Philosophy of Space and Time (c)
PHIL 5270 - Philosophy of Mathematics (c)
PHIL 5280 - Continental Rationalism (c)
PHIL 5290 - British Empiricism
PHIL 5300 - Contemporary Ethical Theory (c)
PHIL 5310 - History of Aesthetic Theory
PHIL 5320 - Problems in Aesthetics (c)
PHIL 5330 - Meaning in Music
PHIL 5340 - Metaethics (c)
PHIL 5380 - Kant (c)
PHIL 5390 - Nineteenth Century European Philosophy
PHIL 5400 - Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (c)
PHIL 5420 - Philosophy of Law (c)
PHIL 5430 - Liability and Responsibility in the Law

PHIL 5440 - Philosophy of Marxism
PHIL 5460 - Justice and Liberty (c)
PHIL 5480 - Pragmatism
PHIL 5500 - Theory of Knowledge (c)
PHIL 5510 - Metaphysics (c)
PHIL 5540 - Semiotics in Communication
PHIL 5580 - Contemporary European Philosophy
PHIL 5590 - Contemporary French Philosophy
PHIL 5680 - Phenomenology
PHIL 5750 - Chinese Philosophy
PHIL 5760 - Indian Philosophy
PHIL 5770 - Buddhist Philosophy
PHIL 5780 - African Philosophy
PHIL 5900 - Special Topics in Philosophy
PHIL 5901 - Seminar in Philosophy (c)
PHIL 5920 - Applied Ethics
PHIL 6850 - Forum in Contemporary Philosophy (c)
PHIL 6890 - Topics in Applied Ethics
PHIL 6900 - Special Topics in Philosophy
PHIL 6901 - Supervised Teaching (c)
PHIL 6902 - Special Studies (c)
PHIL 6903 - Graduate Seminar in Philosophy (c)
PHIL 6911 - Seminar in Philosophy
PHIL 6940 - Advanced Readings
PHIL 6950 - Thesis (c)

*Courses with "(c)" are currently taught.

Contact Information

James Petrik
Graduate Chair
Department of Philosophy
Ellis Hall, Room 220J
Athens, OH 45701