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,