- Proof of receiving a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent education at a foreign institution;
- Submission of official Graduate Record Examination ("GRE") scores;
- A writing sample;
- A statement of purpose;
- Two confidential letters of recommendation; and
- (optional) A resumé or other supporting materials to give a full picture of the applicant's potential
- Thesis Option
- The thesis option requires the completion of a substantial work of writing in the scholarship of philosophy. The student submits a thesis proposal and the name of a thesis director, Philosophy department reader, and an outside reader to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval, and then follows the Graduate School guidelines for preparing and submitting a thesis.
- Oral examination. At the end of the first year of study, students intending to write a thesis must submit a proposal (of no less than 1000 words) to the Director of Graduate Studies that includes the names of the members of their thesis committee, minimally, the graduate committee Chairperson, a second reader from the department of Philosophy, and an outside reader. The proposal will be evaluated by the graduate committee Chairperson and the Director of Graduate Studies. Before the beginning of the third semester, the thesis committee will meet with the student who will defend her or his thesis. If accepted, the student will deliver the completed thesis to the committee at least two weeks before the end of the fourth semester, which will be followed by an oral defense. In all cases, a majority vote of the committee will determine acceptance or rejection.
- The University of Texas at El Paso has a set of guidelines all theses and dissertations must follow. The guide is available here. Graduate students completing the thesis for the Masters degree are encouraged to contact the office of academic evaluation in the Graduate School in order to ensure the thesis is formatted correctly.
- Non-Thesis Option
- At the beginning of the fourth semester, the student will submit two substantial papers that have been written for two different professors in two different classes while in the program. These papers should give evidence not only of the depth but also the breadth of the student's understanding of the two core areas of ethics and philosophy of science in philosophy. A three-person committee, chosen by the Graduate Director in Philosophy, will conduct the final oral exam in accord with the appropriate deadlines of the Graduate School.
- Required Courses (12 semester hours)
- PHIL 5351. World Historical Philosophers
- PHIL 5352. Basic Philosophical Issues
- PHIL 5357. Proseminar I: Philosophical Research and Writing
- PHIL 5358. Proseminar II: Science and Ethics
- PHIL 5398. Thesis/Project I (THESIS OPTION ONLY)
- PHIL 5399. Thesis/Project II (THESIS OPTION ONLY)
- Electives (18 semester hours)
- Electives may include any graduate philosophy courses not being counted as part of the Required Courses. With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, one graduate level course from outside the Department of Philosophy may be counted towards the degree requirements. With the guidance of their faculty advisor and the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, students will choose from an array of prescribed electives in order to fashion their particular course of study that will result in the composition of an original M.A. thesis. The choice of courses will be relative to how each student structures their degree plan and could entail taking some of the prescribed electives more than once depending on the instructor and content of the course.
- PHIL 5301. Philosophy of Law and Society
- PHIL 5302. Topics in Latin American Philosophy
- PHIL 5303. Ethics and Engineering
- PHIL 5353. Independent Study in Philosophy
- PHIL 5354. Topics in Phlosophy of History
- PHIL 5355. Topics in Philosophy of Education
- PHIL 5356. Topics in Philosophy of Science
- PHIL 5359. Philosophy and Psychology
The logic requirement should be fulfilled by providing evidence of competency in introductory logic and include mastery of propositional and predicate logic and some standard metalogical notions such as consistency or completeness. A student can petition for a waiver if logic has been studied elsewhere. Passing Introduction to Logic (PHIL 1304) with a "B" or better can satisfy this requirement. This requirement can also be met by passing a department administered exam.
Director of Graduate Studies
Should you be interested in pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation meeting or to answer any questions you may have about the program.