Five-Year Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts in Philosophy

Earn a BA and MA in five years

Available to philosophy majors only, this program allows you to complete a BA and MA in five years instead of six. The program consists of three years of undergraduate coursework, a fourth year of both undergraduate and graduate coursework, and a final year devoted exclusively to graduate work.


  • Achieved junior status.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or better, and a GPA in their major of 3.5 or better.
  • Completed at least 60 of their undergraduate credit hours and at least 15 of their Philosophy credit hours at IUPUI.
  • Completed the 9 credit hours of introductory-level required undergraduate courses for Philosophy.

During your senior year, if your eligibility has been confirmed you must:

  • Take the GRE.
  • Complete and pass a maximum of four philosophy courses (12 credit hours) offered as combined undergraduate/graduate courses (e.g., PHIL-P560/P385: Metaphysics), having registered and completed the requirements for the graduate course, with a grade of at least a B. These may then be double-counted towards the M.A. degree.


Eligible and interested students must apply for admission to the BA/MA program no later than March 1st of their senior year (October 15th if their final semester is in the fall). A complete application includes:

  • Graduate School Application Form (contact with subject line PHIL for a fee waiver code)
  • Personal statement of goals, abilities, and reasons for pursuing the MA degree
  • Sample of academic writing (a term paper from a philosophy course is preferred)
  • Three letters of recommendation, of which at least two must be written by full-time members of the philosophy faculty
  • GRE Scores
  • Official Transcripts

Applications will be reviewed by the departmental graduate admissions committee.

If you have any questions, please contact the director of graduate studies, Professor Chad Carmichael,

Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes you will be taking to finish your degree.