Ph.D. students entering with an M.A. in philosophy take 30 hours (10 classes) of coursework. Students entering the Ph.D. program without an M.A. in philosophy take 48 hours (16 classes) of coursework. All students, regardless of whether they enter with a prior M.A., must take nine courses in the following fields:
- Ancient philosophy (two courses)
- Medieval philosophy (two courses)
- Modern philosophy (two courses)
- Contemporary philosophy (one analytic philosophy + one continental philosophy + one other contemporary area, e.g., American, contemporary Thomism, feminism)
Students entering with an M.A. in philosophy will have their transcript evaluated to determine which of these requirements have been satisfied in their M.A. coursework.
Ph.D. students earning an M.A. in cursu must satisfy the distribution requirement for the M.A. by the time they complete the qualifying paper requirement.
Students entering without an M.A. may take only three 5000-level courses. Students entering with an M.A. may only take 6000-level courses or above. To remain in the program, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 (based on a 4.0 scale).