The Philosophy Department does not admit students directly into an MA program. Masters degrees are awarded only to students who are enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Chicago. These can be either (i) doctoral students in another discipline who seek a "secondary" MA in Philosophy, in conjunction with their doctoral studies in that other discipline; or (ii) doctoral students in Philosophy who want an MA.
The requirements for the degree are the same in either case. The requirements can be satisfied entirely by course-work; no thesis is required. They are specified in five clauses:
Doctoral Students in the Dept. of Philosophy may apply for the M.A. at any time after they have completed the requirements. 1. Contact the Department Coordinator so that the proper paperwork is submitted verifying your courses (above) and 2. Contact the office of the Dean of Students in order to gain access to the degree application screen in myUchicago portal. Keep your expected graduation date set to the date you anticipate receiving the Ph.D.
Students in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago in a department other than Philosophy who wish to receive a "secondary" M.A. in Philosophy must first apply for admission to the M.A. program in the Dept. of Philosophy. No student can apply unless she has taken at least three Philosophy courses, and it is expected that the student will apply soon after completing that number of courses.
To initiate the application process, the student should first read the University requirements for a second M.A. here, and then set up an appointment with Braden Grams in the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Humanities who will direct the student through the required paperwork and obtain
Note: The information on this page concerns only MA degrees awarded directly by the Philosophy Department. These should not be confused with those awarded to students pursuing the Philosophy Concentration in the MAPH program. For more information about the latter, please click here.