The graduate program in philosophy at UNM is a two-track program: one track leads to the M.A. degree and the other to the Ph.D. degree. The two programs are independent of each other in admission and conception. Successful completion of the M.A. program is neither required for admission to the Ph.D. program nor entitles the applicant to admission to the Ph.D. program. Thus, those who wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree in philosophy at UNM should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. Ph.D. applicants who are not accepted to the Ph.D. program and do not yet have an M.A. degree in Philosophy will automatically be considered for the M.A. program. This document describes the department's policies and requirements for both programs; it should be read in conjunction with the relevant sections of the UNM Catalog.
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The Office of Graduate Studies
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1 University of New Mexico
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Phone: (505) 277-2711
Fax: (505) 277-7405
All graduate students are expected to have, by the time they file their Program of Studies or Advance to Candidacy (but preferably earlier), a background core in Philosophy consisting of UNM Philosophy courses numbered 202 (Modern Philosophy), 211 (Greek Philosophy), 352 (Theory of Knowledge), 354 (Metaphysics), 356 (Symbolic Logic), and 358 (Ethical Theory). Equivalent courses taken at other institutions may substitute for these courses. As per UNM policy, it is expected that a student earn at least a B (3.0) in any course taken to meet undergraduate deficiencies or prerequisites. Therefore, a course will satisfy the Background Core requirement only if a grade of B or higher is earned. Ph.D. students must have passed PHIL 356 or its equivalent with a grade of A- or better.
Effective fall 2012, students admitted into the program who have not yet satisfied the Background Core requirement should follow these general rules: (1) he/she should complete four of the six Background Core courses prior to enrolling in graduate-level Philosophy courses, and (2) he/she should complete the Background Core courses that are pre-requisites for the graduate-level courses in which they enroll (e.g., a student should have completed the modern philosophy Background Core before enrolling in Phil *410: Kant). Students who have not met these requirements will only be allowed to enroll in a graduate-level course with prior permission from both the Graduate Director and the instructor for the course.
All entering graduate students are required to take the Graduate Proseminar in Philosophy within their first year in residence. The Proseminar will serve the students as an introduction to graduate study in philosophy at UNM. This includes introduction to the faculty and to their research programs, an opportunity to discuss various issues related to the profession, and an opportunity for scholarly interaction with fellow graduate students. While graduate students do not formally register for the Proseminar, attendance is required. The Proseminar typically meets 6 to 7 times over the course of the academic year. The schedule is set by the Graduate Director.
Any course that fulfills a distribution requirement must be passed with a grade of B or better. Also, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for all graduate-level courses taken while in graduate status.