For the master's degree, a student must take 30 course credits, i.e., the equivalent of ten courses.
Of those 30 credits, no more than 6 credits can be independent study.
If they choose to do so, students may submit a Master's thesis essay. It must be judged and passed by at least two faculty members of the Philosophy Department. 6 hours of independent study can be used for the thesis project.
Up to 6 credits of coursework on philosophical issues in the arts (taken outside the philosophy department) may be applied toward the M.A. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University.
One course must be taken on the home campus in Stony Brook, Long Island. All other courses are offered at the Stony Brook Manhattan campus at Park Ave. South and 27th St.
Upon successful completion of 30 graduate credits of graded coursework, a student may be awarded the M.A. degree in Philosophy.