What will I learn?

Two options exist for completing the Master of Arts with a major in philosophy: a 30-hour thesis option and a 36-hour non-thesis.

Thesis option

Students take a total of 30 semester credit hours (ten courses). At least 24 hours (eight courses) must be taken in the Department of Philosophy and Religion; 6 hours (two courses) may be taken outside of the department. Outside course work is optional, not required.

After completing course work, students will submit a Master’s Thesis, a substantial work of original scholarship. Students may enroll in PHIL 5950 after they have completed course work and have not yet completed the thesis. Students must pass an oral defense of the Master’s Thesis.

Non-thesis option

Students take a total of 36 semester credit hours (12 courses). At least 30 hours (10 courses) must be taken in the Department of Philosophy and Religion; 6 hours (two courses) may be taken outside of the department. Outside course work is optional, not required. After completing course work, students will take a Comprehensive Exam in the History of Philosophy.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,988.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

General Academic Building 210,

DENTON,

Texas,

76203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent).

For international students

The transcripts must show you have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and earned the required grade point average. GPA requirements for UNT are:

  • a 2.8 GPA or higher on all undergraduate work used to complete a bachelor's degree OR
  • a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours OR
  • a 3.4 GPA on work for any completed master's degree.

English Language Proficiency: Minimum TOEFL score requirement is 79; Minimum IELTS score is 6.0; Minimum PTE score is 53.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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