Combined BA/MA Program in Philosophy

The department offers four combined degree programs:

  • Dual Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy and Master of Arts in the field of philosophy
  • Dual Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy and Master of Arts in the field of public policy with a concentration in philosophy and social policy
  • Dual Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy (public affairs focus) and Master of Arts in the field of philosophy
  • Master of Arts in the field of public policy with a concentration in philosophy and socia policy

Undergraduates in the major may apply to the program upon completing 12 hours of coursework in philosophy at the 100-level or higher, and should apply before completeing 75 credits in the BA program. 

To qualify for admission, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 and a grade point average of 3.5 in philosophy coursework.

To pursue our combined BA/MA program, please do the following:

  • Meet with the Director of Graduate Studies, Profeessor Laura Papish, to discuss eligibility and department specific admission requirements.
  • Complete the 'Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program Application for Admission. The application form must be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies. 
  • Submit completed and approved application to the CCAS Office of Graduate Admissions (Phillips 107).

Upon admission to the BA/MA program, students must complete all the requirements for the BA in Philosophy or Philosophy (public affairs option) as set out in the University Bulletin, with the exception that a set number of courses from among the MA requirements must be taken as part of the BA program. Students pursuing a combined degree with an MA in Philosophy are to take two double-counted courses, while students pursuing a combined degree with an MA in Philosophy and Social Policy are to take three double-counted courses. In addition:

  • At least one of these three courses must be selected from among the public policy core courses as listed in the description of the MA program in the University Bulletin, and will count towards the BA among the "required courses in related areas."
  • At least one of these three courses must be selected from among the philosophy core courses in the description of the MA in the University Bulletin, and will count towards the BA among the "electives selected in consultation with an advisor."

Students then must complete all the requirements for the MA as set out in the University Bulletin, double-counting the courses mentioned above towards both the BA and the MA. 

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