Department of Philosophy
M. Phil. Program in Philosophy
To know, appreciate and defend the dignity of multi-
The objective of the graduate program in philosophy is to enable the student to:
Develop an analytic-
Master the methodological criteria proper to philosophical knowledge and research.
Deepen their knowledge in their area of specialization in constant rapport with other forms of knowledge.
Acquire the necessary skills for teaching philosophy at the pre-
Prepare for terminal degree studies/research.
Nature of the Graduate Program in Philosophy
The Master of Philosophy degree is awarded to a student upon successful completion of a two year (twelve months) approved program. Five major areas of specialization are available within the program:
The History of Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of the Human Person
Graduate lectures are divided into Core and Elective Courses which total 120 credits.
Candidates admitted into the second cycle are those who have obtained from CATUC or from any other recognized university or higher institute of learning, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or related disciplines with a minimum GPA of ¾.
The candidate must show proof of proficiency in the English Language. In addition to this, a written examination shall be administered by the faculty of philosophy in which the candidate demonstrates working knowledge of either French or German or Spanish or Greek or Latin.
Other registration formalities are obtainable at the registry.
The faculty reserves the right to include other requirement as may deem necessary.
Frequency and Study Plan
After due orientation and choice of an area of specialization, the student shall be required to draw a plan of studies in accordance with the university norms specifying the number and type of courses, contact hours and seminars as need be.
The student is bound to attend all lectures and validate all the courses and seminars as indicated in his study plan and successfully defend their thesis in order to graduate. The student shall also attend various philosophical conferences, colloquia and senior seminars organized by or proposed by the department.
Thesis for a Master’s in Philosophy
The candidate for a master’s degree in philosophy must, in their first year of studies, chose and submit the thesis topic to the Head of the Department of Philosophy on or before October 1 st for approval. The thesis proposal must include the theme, the name of the proposed moderator chosen from among graduate board, introduction and problematic, a brief summary, present state of the issue, a literary review, plan and an essential bibliography.
The graduate board shall approve the thesis proposal and the moderator during its first seating.
The student must register for a total of six hours of research guidance per week. The thesis of between 50-
The master’s thesis should give evidence of training in research by means of a contribution to knowledge involving a modest problem of investigation. It must prove the candidate’s familiarity with the basic methods and techniques of research and also the ability to apply them.
Students in the master’s program who do not complete all the requirements for a master’s degree within two years from the date of completion of course work must submit requests in writing to the dean of the faculty of philosophy for an extension of time. An extension of time will normally be granted for one year.
Level of Studies
Master of Science(BSc.)
Duration of Studies
2 years (4 Semesters)
Oct. 1, 2013 To Oct. 30, 2013
Tuition Fees Per Year
Home Student: 1,024,500 F CFA
Foreign Student :2,024,500 F CFA
Outline of Courses(pdf)