Current Students


 Useful Documents for Current Students


Checklist for new students from the graduate college 

Graduate Syllabus  

Graduate Student Handbook from the Graduate College 

Advising Schedule

Guidelines and Schedule for Completing the Program

Guidelines on Writing the Dissertation Prospectus

Preparing for the Job Market

Departmental Travel Authorization Request Form here

Request for Travel Reimbursement Form here


Past MA and PhD Qualifying Exams  

Every MA student who chooses the "Exam Option" rather than writing a Master's thesis must successfully take the MA exam in the semester they plan to graduate. Additionally, PhD students must take and pass a PhD qualifying exam in either their second semester (if they arrived with an MA) or their fourth semester (if they arrived with only a BA). The PhD qualifying exam is identical to the MA exam, except for how it is graded. Examples of past exams are provided below for current students to use to study for upcoming exams.

Ancient Philosophy: 2010, 2011, 2013v.1, 2013v.2, 2014, 2016

Ethics: 2010, 2011, 2013v.1, 2013v.2, 2014, 2015, 2016

Medieval Philosophy: 2015

Metaphysics and Epistemology: 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Modern Philosophy: 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Past General Exams

The general examination is taken by PhD students preparing to write the dissertation.

Ancient Philosophy: 2004

Chinese Philosophy: 2008

Ethics: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

Political Philosophy: 2010

Aesthetics: 2010

Epistemology: 2000, 2011, 2012, 2013

Philosophy of Science: 2012

Philosophy of Mind: 2011

Philosophy of Language: 2008

Philosophy of Religion: 2007v.1, 2007v.2, 2013