First, it helps students prepare for study in a PhD program in philosophy. Our MA program has a strong record placing graduates in high-quality philosophy PhD programs around the country.
Second, it enables professionals and advanced students from other disciplines to complement their training with systematic study of the philosophical concepts most relevant to their specialty.
Finally, it enables students, including those who may have come to the study of philosophy late in their careers or who are returning to academic pursuits after pursuing other interests, to continue to enjoy the personal enrichment of pursuing philosophical questions.
Two options for obtaining the MA are available: A non-thesis internship option and a thesis option. Students interested in applying their philosophical skills to other environments, such as education, medicine, law, the military or business, may arrange a professional internship in addition to taking 30 semester hours of course work (9 of which may be in other disciplines). Individuals who choose to write a master's thesis must take at least 24 semester hours (6 of which may be in other disciplines) in addition to their thesis research. Depending on their background, applicants may be required to take particular undergraduate courses in order to enhance their program of study. For details on program requirements, please see our M.A. requirements page. For details on how to apply, please see our application process page.
Director of the M.A program