Philosophy (M.A.)

All master's students in philosophy take 30 credit hours of coursework (ten courses), including one course in each of the major historical areas of philosophy. To remain in the program, master’s students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale).

Students must obtain the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies when selecting courses.

Course Title Credits
One course in each area:12
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Four elective courses 112
One of the required Project or Paper Capstone options below:6
Special Project
MASTER’S SPECIAL PROJECT
One additional elective course 1
Thesis
MASTERS THESIS
Qualify Paper
PHD QUALIFY PAPERS-PHILOSOPHY
Two additional elective courses 1
Total Credits30

Course Areas

Ancient Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PGAN attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5001INTRODUCTION TO PLATO3-4
PHIL 5009INTRO TO ARISTOTLE3-4
PHIL 6025PHILOSOPHY'S ORIGINS3
PHIL 7009PLOTINUS3
PHIL 7018ANCIENT PSYCHOLOGY3
PHIL 7650ARISTOTELIAN ETHICS3

Medieval Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PGMD attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5010INTRODUCTION TO ST. THOMAS AQUINAS3-4
PHIL 5012INTRO TO ST. AUGUSTINE3-4
PHIL 6460INTENTIONALITY3
PHIL 7039AQUINAS'S PHILOSOPHY OF GOD3
PHIL 7042BURIDAN ON THE SOUL3
PHIL 7071AQUINAS:QUESTIONS ON GOD3
PHIL 7076Metaphysical Themes in Duns Scotus3
PHIL 7080MEDIEVAL VIEWS ON COGNITION AND CERTAINTY3

Modern Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PGCM attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 500219TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY3-4
PHIL 5005CLASSICAL MODERN PHIL3-4
PHIL 7106KANT I3
PHIL 7110DESCARTES AND SPINOZA3
PHIL 7140KANT AND GERMAN IDEALISM3
PHIL 7149HEGEL'S PHENOMENOLOGY3
PHIL 7161NIETZSCHE3
PHIL 7164FIRST PHILOSOPHY: NIETZSCHE, HEIDEGGER, AND THE PRESOCRATICS3
PHIL 7166RECOGNITION& INTERSUBJECTIVITY3

Contemporary Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PGCO attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5003NATURAL LAW ETHICS3-4
PHIL 5075CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY & FAITH3
PHIL 5114NORMATIVE ETHICAL THEORY3,4
PHIL 6190FEMINIST POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 6215FRENCH PHIL OF EDUCATION3
PHIL 6251AMERICAN PRAGMATISM3
PHIL 6252AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 6410UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM3
PHIL 6436PHILOSOPHY OF TIME AND PERSISTENCE3
PHIL 6457MIND-BODY PROBLEM3
PHIL 6471RESPONSIBILITY AND BLAME3
PHIL 6472RESPONSIBILITY, BLAME, AND FORGIVENESS3
PHIL 6580VIRTUE EPISTEMOLOGY3
PHIL 6630DISCOURSE ETHICS3
PHIL 6805TOPICS IN PHIL OF REL.3
PHIL 6850HERMENEUTICS3
PHIL 7031ALIENATION AND REIFICATION3
PHIL 7145PHENOMENOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE3
PHIL 7153HUSSERL'S LATER THOUGHT3
PHIL 7157PHENOMENOLOGY3
PHIL 7159KIERKEGAARD3
PHIL 7161NIETZSCHE3
PHIL 7164FIRST PHILOSOPHY: NIETZSCHE, HEIDEGGER, AND THE PRESOCRATICS3
PHIL 7203MERLEAU-PONTY3
PHIL 7210WHITEHEAD3
PHIL 7229DERRIDA3
PHIL 7236The Emotions and Moral Perception3
PHIL 7240CONTEMPORARY METAETHICS3
PHIL 7310SELF-CULTIVATION PHILOSOPHIES3
PHIL 7350EVIDENTIAL UNDERMINING3
PHIL 7459HEIDEGGER'S BEING AND TIME, BLACK NOTEBOOKS3
PHIL 7465THE EMOTIONS3
PHIL 7605PHILOSOPHICAL AESTHETICS3
PHIL 7664PHILOSOPHY OF LITERATURE3
PHIL 7730RECENT WORK IN EPISTEMOLOGY3
PHIL 7758HUMAN DIGNITY3
PHIL 7857TOPICS IN CONTMP METAPHY3

Master's Special Project

All master’s students must complete a three-credit special project, or they may select the six-credit thesis option. Possibilities for this project include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing a research paper of 7,500 to 8,000 words;
  • Writing a paper applying philosophical ideas or concepts to another discipline or to a student's outside interest, professional work, or volunteer service;
  • Writing a paper incorporating a series of interviews with philosophical commentary;
  • A video or other media-based project with significant philosophical content; the project must be at least thirty minutes in length; or
  • A project exemplifying or related to the digital humanities.
  • Two qualifying papers earning grades of at least Pass for only Direct Ph.D. students earning a master’s in cursu.

Students must secure the approval of two faculty members to proceed with a special project. These faculty members will evaluate the special project on a Pass/Fail basis, and the student must receive a grade of Pass from both faculty evaluators. If one evaluator assigns a grade of Pass and the other assigns a grade of Fail, a third faculty member will evaluate the project, and the student must receive a grade of Pass from the third evaluator in order to complete the requirement successfully.

Master's Thesis

Master’s students electing the thesis option will take 24 credit hours (8 courses) satisfying the Master’s distribution requirement and complete a six-credit thesis containing a minimum of 15,000 words and not exceeding 20,000 words.

Students selecting the thesis option must by the end of their penultimate semester have identified and secured a thesis director who will guide the student through the thesis. The student must also have prepared a two- to three-page thesis proposal for approval by the director and a second reader appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies. The director and reader will consider the student’s previous work in determining the acceptability of the thesis proposal. The completed thesis will be read and evaluated by the mentor and the same reader on a scale of High Pass/Pass/Fail. The student must receive a grade of at least Pass from both readers. If one reader assigns a grade of Fail, the thesis will be read by a third faculty member, and the student must receive a grade of at least Pass from the third reader in order to complete the requirement successfully.

Students successfully completing the thesis-option master’s program will be in a position to apply to Ph.D. programs. Master’s students wishing to pursue the Ph.D. at Fordham must apply separately to the Ph.D. program. Their applications will be evaluated with all the other applications received for the Ph.D. program.