Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Five-Year BA/MA in Philosophy


The BA/MA in Philosophy program allows students to earn both bachelor's and master’s degrees in philosophy in five years. A student enrolled in this program is an undergraduate for four years and completes the eleven courses required for the philosophy major. Two of these courses are allowed to “double-count,” to count for both the BA and the MA. Two additional graduate courses must be taken while the student is still an undergraduate, above and beyond the 120 hours needed for the BA. In the fifth year, as a graduate student, the student takes the remaining six graduate courses and defends a master’s paper.

Admission Requirements

  • Junior philosophy major
  • Overall GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher in philosophy (with at least 5 completed courses, 3 at the 300 level)
  • Apply by March 15th of junior year

Years 1-4, as an Undergraduate Student

Complete the BA in Philosophy and take 2 additional courses towards the MA in Philosophy.

1. BA in Philosophy

  • 7 of the 11 courses must be at the 300 level (8, if 301 is taken)
  • 1 course from ethics group (181, 182, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289 or 300 level equivalent)
  • 1 course from epistemology group (130, 271, 272, 273, 275, 276, 279 or 300 level equivalent)
  • Logic (274 or 301)
  • Ancient philosophy (304)
  • Modern philosophy (309)
  • Capstone seminar (395-399) ** [double counts for the MA]
  • Elective (any number)
  • Elective (300 level) ** [double counts for the MA]
  • Elective (300 level)
  • Elective (300 level)
  • Elective (300 level)

2. Take 2 additional courses towards the MA in Philosophy

  • One must be a 400 level course, the other can be 300 or 400 level

Year 5, as a Graduate Student

Take 6 graduate courses to complete the MA in Philosophy and defend the MA thesis or paper.

1. MA in Philosophy

The 6 graduate courses – plus the 2 courses taken towards the MA as an undergraduate student and the 2 courses that double-count – complete the 10 courses required for the MA. The courses must also satisfy these distribution areas:

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Medieval philosophy
  • Modern philosophy
  • Continental philosophy
  • Analytic philosophy
  • 5 Electives

2. The MA thesis or paper

Write and successfully defend a research paper before a committee of three faculty members.


Submit a transcript, a writing sample, a one-page statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation from full-time Loyola philosophy faculty members to Dr. Joseph Vukov, Graduate Program Director, at jvukov@luc.edu


Dr. Joseph Vukov, Graduate Program Director, jvukov@luc.edu 
Dr. Brandon Morgan-Olsen, Undergraduate Program Director, bmorganolsen@luc.edu