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Joint Degrees and M.A.

The Master's Degree

The M.A. degree requires the completion of eight regularly scheduled graduate courses in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. No independent studies or transfer credits may be counted toward this requirement. No course with a grade lower than B- will count; a 3.0 gpa in the eight courses is a necessary but not sufficient condition for the degree. M.A. candidates must also satisfy the following requirements: 1) the logic requirement for the Ph.D.; 2) a distribution requirement consisting of one course in metaphysics and/or epistemology, one course in the history of philosophy, and one course in value theory; and 3) a research requirement, satisfied either by preparing a thesis which is approved by two members of the standing faculty or by completing a course of research character, as directed by the Graduate Group, and including the submission of at least one substantial scholarly paper containing original research and receiving a grade of B or better. Continuing or terminating students may apply to the Graduate Division to graduate with the degree of M.A. at any time upon or in anticipation of the completion of these requirements; the Graduate Division requires continuous registration through the semester in which the degree is awarded.

Students who are specifically admitted for the M.A. degree rather than into the Ph.D. program are not eligible to take philosophy 600.

The J.D.-Ph.D. Program

The Graduate Council of the Faculties at the University of Pennsylvania has approved a J.D./Ph.D. Program in Law and Philosophy. The program allows students to earn two degrees: the J.D. and the Ph.D. in philosophy. Students must meet all the requirements for these respective degrees as set out by the Law School, the Philosophy Department, and the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences (as approved by the Graduate Council of the Faculties). In practice, this means fulfilling the normal requirements for each degree, with certain cases of double-counting of courses. The program of study, taking into account the merging of the requirements for the two degrees, is summarized in this table.

A financial aid package is available, which provides the normal graduate stipend (including health insurance, if not otherwise covered) for five years, and tuition support for six years (including a forgivable loan for law tuition). Students admitted to the program receive a letter setting out the aid package in some detail.

The M.D.-Ph.D. Program

The Medical School, in cooperation with the various Ph.D. programs of the University, operates an M.D.-Ph.D. known as the Medical Scientist Training Program. Students admitted to this program work out an approved course of study allowing them to fulfill the requirements for both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. M.D.-Ph.D. students seeking the Ph.D. in philosophy have typically begun their studies with two years of course work in philosophy.

The J.D.-M.A. Program

Students who have been admitted to the Law School may apply for admission as an M.A. degree candidate in philosophy (usually, application is made during the first year of Law School, prior to the Dec. 15 application deadline). The requirements are as given above. By approval of the Graduate Council of the Faculties, one Law course (as approved by the Philosophy Graduate Group) may be double-counted toward the eight courses required for the M.A. degree in philosophy; the Law School may allow four courses from outside the School to be counted toward the J.D.