The Coterminal Master's Degree Program in Philosophy allows undergraduate students to study and earn an M.A. Degree in Philosophy while working towards their Bachelor's degree in any department, thus graduating with two degrees.
The M.A. degree Philosophy for the coterminal program requires 45 units, and usually requires an additional year to the standard four-year undergraduate work. Undergraduates may apply for admission to the Philosophy coterminal master's program upon completion of 120 units, but no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of the undergraduate degree.
University requirements for the coterminal M.A. are described in the "Coterminal Bachelor's and Master's Degrees" section of the bulletin. For the coterminal application form, see the Publications and Online Guides web site.
For Admissions information, please check our coterm admissions page here: https://philosophy.stanford.edu/degree-programs/graduate/masters/coterminal-masters
Please check the Stanford Bulletin (ExploreDegrees) for the most up to date requirements.
The General Program requires a minimum of 45 units in Philosophy courses numbered above 99. These courses must be taken for a letter grade, and the student must receive at least a 'B-' in the course. Courses taken to satisfy the undergraduate core or affiliated courses may not be counted in the 45 units. The requirement has three parts:
Students must have when they enter, or complete early in their program, the following undergraduate courses (students entering from other institutions should establish equivalent requirements with a master's adviser upon arrival or earlier):
This work does not count towards the 45-unit M.A. requirement, and may require a non-Philosophy major more than an additional undergraduate year to complete the Coterminal Degree Program in Philosophy.
200-Level Course Requirement
Special Program in Symbolic Systems
Students should have the equivalent of the Stanford undergraduate major in Symbolic Systems. Students who have a strong major in one of the basic SSP disciplines (philosophy, psychology, linguistics, computer science) may be admitted, but are required to do a substantial part of the undergraduate SSP core in each of the other basic SSP fields. This must include the following philosophy courses:
|PHIL 80||Mind, Matter, and Meaning||5|
|And one of the following:|
|PHIL 181||Philosophy of Language||4|
|PHIL 186||Philosophy of Mind||4|
|PHIL 187||Philosophy of Action||4|
This work does not count towards the 45-unit requirement.
Special Program in the Philosophy of Language
Admission is limited to students with substantial preparation in philosophy or linguistics. Those whose primary preparation has been in linguistics may be required to satisfy all or part of the undergraduate core requirements as described in the "General Program" subsection above. Those whose preparation is primarily in philosophy may be required to take additional courses in linguistics.
For more information about the program and admissions, contact the Student Services Officer.