University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Environmental Philosophy M.A.

Master of Arts - Environmental Philosophy


Core Courses9
Choose 6 of the 7 courses18
Total Hours36

Degree Specific Credits: 37

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

The Philosophy Department offers an option to pursue an accelerated M.A. in Environmental Philosophy for select students. Such students can be admitted into graduate-level coursework during their senior undergraduate year or when they have completed a minimum of 105 credits and demonstrated their ability to pursue graduate work. Students enrolled in the accelerated M.A. may count up to 9 credits earned in 400-level or 500-level courses toward the M.A.  All credits transferred are subject to the policy on transfer credits (C5.000), with particular attention to the importance of students completing the “graduate increment” in 400-level courses designated UG, taken to fulfill a requirement for a Master’s degree.


Note: The sequence of seminars may occasionally get disrupted by sabbaticals or other changes in faculty schedules. As the core of our degree, students will always need whichever 5 philosophy seminars are offered in their two years in the program. 

Philosophy Courses
Complete the following courses:
PHL 422Environmental Philosophy3
PHL 510Philosophy Colloquium (taken for 4 semesters)4
PHL 515Issues in the Anthropocene3
PHL 523Science and the Environment3
PHL 548Philosophy and Animals3
PHL 598Internship3
Complete two of the following seminars:6
Topics in Value Theory
Environmental Aesthetics
Elective Credits9
These courses may be philosophy courses or any of the wide range of environmental courses offered outside the department. Courses outside of the department must be approved by the graduate advisor.
Civic Engagement Project3
Students complete a civic engagement project in their second year with written, oral, and web-based components.
Total Hours37

Minimum Required Grade: C