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 Philosophy Department for readmission. Petitions should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Transfer Credit

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.

Non-Curricular Courses

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.

Residency Requirement

Three consecutive quarters of full-time residence, i.e., registration for eight credit hours each quarter. 

Admission to Doctoral Candidacy

A student will be recommended to the graduate school for admission to doctoral candidacy when he or she has: 1) completed the residency requirement; 2) completed all course requirements (excluding PHL 699: Dissertation Research) and the submission of required file papers (which shall count as fulfilling the University’s qualifying examination requirement); 3) completed the foreign language requirements; 4) submitted a dissertation proposal (approximately 10-15 pages in length, including critical bibliography); and 5) successfully defended the dissertation proposal during a public oral defense before the dissertation committee.

Candidacy Continuation

Registration for PHL 701 Candidacy Continuation is required each quarter of the regular academic year between admission to candidacy and graduation. Permission of the dissertation director is required once each academic year for registration for Candidacy Continuation.  The Dissertation Research course shall also count toward meeting this requirement. Completion of the doctoral dissertation, ordinarily of 200-275 pages, including scholarly apparatus, and a public oral defense of this work before the dissertation committee.

The dissertation committee will consist minimally of three members, including a director and two readers, all of whom must be permanent, full-time members of the DePaul Philosophy Department. Other members of DePaul faculties, or philosophers and scholars from outside the University, whose expertise is pertinent to the topic of the dissertation, may serve as extra readers upon the consent of the dissertation director and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Submission of a dissertation abstract of up to 350 words and filing of the completed final version of the dissertation with the Graduate Division by the required date prior to graduation.

Time Limitations

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.​