Probation and Dismissal
The Graduate Affairs Committee will review every student’s progress toward the degree once a year, normally at the beginning of the Spring quarter. Students deemed not to be making satisfactory progress may be placed on probation or required to leave the program.
Students can petition the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Department of Philosophy for readmission. Petitions should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies.
Ph.D. students may request to transfer up to 12 quarter hours either from courses taken while a non-degree-seeking student at DePaul or from other universities if they have already done graduate study elsewhere. M.A. students may request to transfer up to 8 quarter hours. These credits must not have been counted toward any other degree the student has received. In exceptional cases, the Graduate Affairs Committee may recommend to the Graduate School that more hours of transfer credit be allowed, but in no case more than 25% of the hours required for the DePaul degree.
Ph.D. students may take up to three courses during their studies outside of the graduate offerings in Philosophy for credit towards Ph.D. course requirements (12 credit hours). These non-curricular courses may include graduate courses at other universities, graduate courses at DePaul in other fields relevant for student research, or 300 level undergraduate courses in Philosophy or in other fields relevant for student research. On rare occasions students may take independent studies with faculty members on topics that would not otherwise be offered as graduate courses. All such non-curricular courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. M.A. students cannot typically get credit for such non-curricular courses, but they can petition the Graduate Affairs Committee to have such a course count.
For the M.A., from entrance into the program to completion of the degree, no more than six years. For the Ph.D., between admission to the program and admission to doctoral candidacy (ABD status), not more than four years; between admission to doctoral candidacy and the dissertation defense, not less than eight months, and not more than five years.