Online BA in Philosophy - Concentration in Applied Ethics

This program focuses on ethical theories and ethical problem-solving in the context of a number of professional domains including medicine, law, and business. Core courses in this program provide a solid foundation in the history of philosophy and logic.

This degree may be completed in the following ways: (a) University of Memphis courses (entirely online), or (b) by combining University of Memphis courses (online and on-campus), or (c) by combining University of Memphis courses (online and on-campus) with a limited number of approved courses transferred from other institutions (please consult the Undergraduate Catalog for more information). Additionally, out-of-state students may qualify for in-state tuition. Click here for more information.

Degree Requirements

This program's degree requirements are the same as listed above (Philosophy Major) except part C. which will read as follows.

C. The Major (30 hours)
Completion of 30 semester hours in philosophy courses comprised of the two lists, Core and Applied Ethics, below. To prepare philosophy students for success in a number of fields, the department offers courses in the following sub-divisions of philosophy.

Core (15 hrs) - 1102, 1611, 3001, 3002, 3411
Applied (15 hrs.) - 3514, 3515, 3571, 4805

Availability of Online Classes

Development of online classes began in the Fall of 2010. Not all classes required for the major are available online, but will be in the near future. Below is a list of classes currently available online and which are still in development. This list will be updated as the classes become available online.

Currently Available - 1102, 1611, 3001, 3002, 3411, 3452, 3514, 3515, 3741, 3772, 4805

Further Information for Students Interested in Pursuing the Online BA

The online BA degree is a reading, writing, and discussion intensive program that helps students develop their critical thinking and argumentative writing skills.

There are no specific admission requirements for the philosophy online BA, though, as with any student at the University of Memphis, you must meet University admission requirements.  For more general information about admissions requirements, and the procedure for applying, please see the Admissions website.  You can contact them at 901-678-2111 (toll-free at 800-669-2911), or by email at  For a general listing of application deadlines, please visit the following link:

Have you completed any University-level coursework?  If so, you are encouraged to review the information about being a transfer student, including information about the process of evaluating previous coursework for transfer credit.  This information can be found by clicking the following link, and then selecting the second link in the top left corner of the screen marked "Undergraduate Transfer":  You may also contact Admissions directly at the phone numbers and email address listed in the preceding paragraph, if you would like to speak with someone about transferring credits.

You can find information about our current course offerings on the Class Offerings page of the UofM website.  Select the Class Schedule Search, pick a semester, pick "Philosophy" in the Subject box and select submit. The online classes are those designated with a "M" in the section number. For example: "Values in Modern World - 91998 - PHIL 1102 - M50".

The program has the same degree requirements as our on-campus program. Please see the Philosophy Department's Undergraduate program website for further details on specific degree requirements, and other details of the undergraduate program.  A thesis is not required to complete the online major.  However, our online majors are welcome to take thesis hours and complete a thesis in an area of applied ethics.  Our online students also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of their work throughout the program, such that they have a collection of their work to show to potential employers or to further academic programs that they wish to attend after completing their degree.

Information about tuition fees is available here: 

For more information about tuition, please contact the Bursar's Office. The Bursar's Office website, which includes the contact information for the office, can be found here:

Thank you for your interest in our program. For further questions, please contact Dan Larkin.