The M.A. program is designed for students currently pursuing a professional program or academic degree at the University of Michigan outside of philosophy, for whom a graduate credential in philosophy would be advantageous. Only in exceptional cases, as determined by the admissions committee after the application deadline, are other students accepted into the M.A. program.
If a student in the M.A. program decides they want to earn a Ph.D., they must apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in the normal manner, in competition with other applicants. M.A. students at Michigan will not be given special consideration for admission to the Ph.D. program. If an M.A. student is accepted into the Ph.D. program, course work done as an M.A. candidate will not automatically be credited toward the Ph.D. requirements. Whether some or all of it is so credited is to be decided by petition.
Applications for the master's program are accepted for entry in the fall term. The application deadline is the same as the current PhD program application deadline. No financial aid is available for M.A. students.