Graduate Programs

The Department of Philosophy is internationally known for its M.A. degree in environmental philosophy. We recently started a graduate certificate in environmental ethics. This certificate permits a student already at UM for a different graduate degree to add an environmental ethics certificate alongside their major field of research. Alternatively, someone who wishes to explore our program and work alongside our graduate students can gain a 15-credit environmental ethics certificate in one year. If such a student wanted to stay for a second year and get the M.A., they could switch into the Master's degree and complete their credits. 

Grad Hike 2016


Students hike on Ch-Paa-Qh

Yellowstone 2017

Students wolf-watching in Yellowstone

Interested in Applying?

You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution (or equivalent international institution) to be in our programs. Applicants typically have a philosophy degree, though provisional admission can be granted to promising applicants lacking an undergraduate background in philosophy.

To apply through UM's Graduate School online application portal follow this link: Applying for Graduate Admission. More specific details about what the philosophy department hopes to see in your application are here. Please direct any inquiries about the Master's Degree or the Graduate Certificate to the admissions advisor below. 

Graduate Admissions Advisor


For additional information please contact:

Professor Christopher Preston
Department of Philosophy
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-5780
Phone: (406) 243-2949