AMP Degree Requirements

Accelerated M.A. in Philosophy (AMP in Philosophy)

Students will typically apply for AMP in Philosophy in Spring Semester of their junior year.  If they are accepted, they will be notified in that same semester and in time for them to enroll in appropriate classes at the start of their senior year so as to enable them to complete AMP in one additional year beyond their senior year.

AMP in Philosophy is open only to University of Arizona undergraduates majoring either in Philosophy or Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law.

AMP in Philosophy is independent of the University of Arizona Philosophy Ph.D. program.  Students completing AMP in Philosophy will be given no special consideration relative to other applicants if they choose to apply to the doctoral program.

For questions, contact Mark Timmons, Director of the AMP program

Admissions

To apply for AMP in Philosophy, students must:

1)  Meet the Admissions Requirements established by the Graduate College.

2)  Submit to the Department of Philosophy via the UA Graduate College online application site:

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors with whom they have studied
  • A writing sample
  • A statement of purpose
  • Transcripts

       The AMP application code is UAAMP721X01.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

 

Degree and Tuition

 For general information regarding graduate degrees and tuition, please see Graduate College’s degree and tuition policies .

 

Requirements

The requirements for completion of an MA in Philosophy include attaining a 3.0 grade point average in ten three-unit graduate courses at or above the 500 curricular level for a total of 30 units.  Typically, three of these courses will be graduate seminars numbered between PHIL 596A through PHIL 596Z, and the remaining seven courses will be graduate surveys numbered between PHIL 500 through PHIL 595.  Of these ten courses, the students must take at least one from each of the following fields:

  • Metaphysics or Epistemology
  • Ethics, Political Philosophy, or Value Theory
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind or Cognitive Science.

Four of the ten courses that satisfy the requirement of the M.A. may also simultaneously satisfy requirements of the B.A. in either Philosophy or Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law.

Oultine of a typical two-year AMP in Philosophy student schedule

YEAR 1

 Senior Year, Fall Semester

·         Two graduate survey courses numbered from PHIL 500 through PHIL 595

Senior Year, Spring Semester

·         One course numbered from PHIL 500 through PHIL 595

·         One graduate seminar numbered from PHIL 596A through PHIL 596Z

 

YEAR 2

Post-baccalaureate Year, Fall Semester

·         Two courses numbered from PHIL 500 through PHIL 595

·         One graduate seminar numbered from PHIL 596A through PHIL 596Z

Post-baccalaureate Year, Spring Semester

·         Two courses numbered from PHIL 500 through PHIL 595

·         One graduate seminar numbered from PHIL 596A through PHIL 596Z

 

 Thesis

 AMP in Philosophy will not have a thesis requirement.  A student may, however, opt to write a thesis instead of taking one of the graduate seminars.  For a petition to be successful, the student must secure a faculty member to supervise the thesis and two other faculty members to serve on the thesis committee and conduct an oral defense.  In such cases, the thesis will be a paper of approximately 6,000-10,000 words.

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