Requirements for the M.S. Degree

The 30-credit HPEW curriculum can be completed in one year. But it is recommended that full-time students complete the HPEW program as follows: 

  •  Year one: 24 credits (four 3-credit courses per semester) 
  •  Year two: (two 3-credit courses in the semester of full-time enrollment) 

It is also possible to enroll in HPEW on a part-time basis (i.e., by taking fewer than 12 credit hours per semester).

Program Requirements 

Students will choose a concentration in either eastern or western philosophy. The relevant distribution requirements are these: 

  • 6 credits earned in the program’s foundational survey courses on eastern philosophy 
  • 6 credits earned in the program’s foundational survey courses on western philosophy 
  • 3 credits earned in a seminar outside the declared concentration (in eastern or in western philosophy) 
  •  EITHER 9 credits earned in seminars in the declared concentration plus 6 credits of thesis research OR, if the MA thesis option is not chosen, 15 credits in the declared concentration, 6 of which may be earned in a graduate-level language course relevant to the chosen concentration.