Graduate Programs

The Department of Philosophy is known around the world for its M.A. degree in environmental philosophy. The two-year degree builds on a long tradition of environmental teaching and it has a uniquely engaged focus. We require an internship and a Civic Engagement Project in place of a thesis. We also offer a graduate certificate in environmental ethics. This certificate permits a student at UM for a different graduate degree to add an environmental ethics certificate alongside their primary field. Alternatively, someone who wishes to explore our program 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 admission can be granted to promising applicants without an undergraduate degree in philosophy provided they show evidence of the required skills.

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. Apply through the Graduate School's online application portal using the button 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