The Accelerated Master of Arts in Philosophy Program (AMP in Philosophy) enables academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete the B.A. and M.A. in philosophy after five years of study beginning with the student's freshman year as an undergraduate. This program is intended both for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs in philosophy or J.D. programs at law schools) as well as for students interested in an additional year of philosophical study but without any plans for future academic work.
AMP in Philosophy is open only to University of Arizona undergraduates majoring either in Philosophy or Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law.
AMP in Philosophy is independent of the University of Arizona Philosophy Ph.D. program. Students completing AMP in Philosophy will be given no special consideration relative to other applicants if they choose to apply to the doctoral program.
The study of philosophy is central to the mission of every great university. Through an excellent undergraduate major and an internationally distinguished graduate program, the University of Arizona Department of Philosophy offers students abundant opportunities to think deeply, analytically, and autonomously about questions fundamental to the place of the person in the natural and social world. As one of the nation's premier centers for original philosophical research, the Department is the academic home to a wonderfully dynamic and engaged community of students in daily interaction with a faculty of world-renowned philosophers.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Two letters of recommendation from professors with whom they have studied
A writing sample
A statement of purpose
The Accelerated Masters of Arts in Philosophy (AMP in Philosophy) is offered only to academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates majoring in either Philosophy or Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL).
The application code is UAAMP721X01. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Required GRE Subject tests: NA
Recommended GRE Subject tests: NA
Minimum GRE Verbal: NA
Minimum GRE Quantitative: NA
Minumum GRE Written: NA
Minimum TOEFL: 550 or 79 (internet)
Minimum IELTS: 7
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Coursework: The requirements for completion of AMP in Philosophy include attaining a 3.0 grade point average in ten three-unit graduate courses at or above the 500 curricular level for a total of 30 units. Typically, three of these courses will be graduate seminars numbered between PHIL 596A through PHIL 596Z, and the remaining seven courses will be graduate surveys numbered between PHIL 500 through PHIL 594. Of these ten courses, the students must take at least one from each of the following fields:
Four of the ten courses that satisfy the requirement of the M.A. may also simultaneously satisfy requirements of the B.A. in either Philosophy or Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law.
Elective Coursework may come from the following list of Philosophy courses and others from external departments approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
(All classes listed are 3 units)
Metaphysics and Epistemology
History of Philosophy
Ethics and Value Theory
Logic, Language, and Science
Thesis: AMP in Philosophy will not have a thesis requirement. A student may, however, petition to write a thesis instead of taking one of the graduate seminars. For a request to be successful, the student must secure a faculty member to supervise the thesis and two other faculty members to serve on the thesis committee and conduct an oral defense. In such cases, the thesis will be a paper of approximately 6,000-10,000 words.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: