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Philosophy MA Program Flyer

A student need not have an undergraduate major in philosophy to be admitted to the MA Program. As long as an applicant's philosophical background is adequate preparation for graduate-level work in philosophy, not having a philosophy major is no bar to admission. (We do not have a strict definition of what counts as 'adequate preparation,' but something like 4 or 5 classes in philosophy would normally be a lower bound.)

We sometimes have applicants who have never taken philosophy classes before (or have taken just one or two classes), having majored in some other field, but who have read philosophy on their own and have an interest in pursuing graduate studies in philosophy. We do not admit students in this sort of case: some prior academic background in philosophy is necessary for admission. However, these students are urged to enroll as postbaccalaureate students at Georgia State, or at another university or college if coming to GSU is inconvenient, in order to take additional undergraduate classes. ("Post-bacc" status students are students who already have a bachelor's degree and may take additional undergraduate classes but are not enrolled in a degree program.) With those classes, the student will be able to a have a philosophy writing sample, letters of recommendation from philosophy faculty, and a track record in philosophy, in order to be able to make a stronger application for our M.A. program. Students who are interested in pursuing this route should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in order to arrange a suitable course of study to prepare for graduate-level work.

Our program has also had many international students. International students are eligible for the same types of stipends through the Department as are other students (see below for details on these). International students have to file some additional material in their applications (again, see below). Students whose first language is not English may find some of the classes offered by Georgia State's Intensive English Program helpful. The program has two main courses geared especially for graduate students: "Academic Speaking and Listening" and "Academic Writing."

Except under unusual circumstances, we admit new students only in the Fall semester. Our deadline for being considered in the initial round of admission and funding decisions is February 1. All application materials must be received by that date in order to be considered for our fellowships and scholarships (in neurophilosophy, legal and political philosophy, and Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy)

However, we accept applications up until our final deadline of April 15, and applications received between February 1 and April 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants during this period are much more likely to be placed on our wait-list rather than immediately receiving an offer. However, strong applicants still have a chance of being admitted.

Anyone who holds a baccalaureate degree may apply to the certificate program.

The certificate program is selective. The Department limits enrollment in the program to a total of 5 students.

There are two application deadlines per year: July 1 (for
Fall semesters) and November 15 (for Spring semesters).

However, the certificate program is selective and the Department limits enrollment in the program to a total of 5 students. Therefore, the Department does not promise to admit students in every semester. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for information about the number of slots currently available.

Please note that when you are applying to our graduate programs, you will be submitting all the documentation to the Graduate Office. Please do not send any documents to the department.

FAQ

If you’re score is more than 5 years old, you will have to re-take the GRE. Scores are only good for 5 years.
You can check your status through Hobson's system OR please contact Mr. John Stewart, jstewart20(at)gsu.edu
Please contact Dr. Andrew I. Cohen, aicohen@gsu.edu, and/or Dr. Bill Edmundson, wedmundson@gsu.edu.
No, we do not. The officials at the College and University level have asked the Department to start a PhD program. While the Department thinks appreciates that the administration has such a complimentary view of the Philosophy faculty, we feel that there is already an over-supply of philosophy PhD programs and have chosen to focus on our MA program.
Please indicate joint program on your application. Your LSAT scores may be used for the joint program.
Fairly high. It varies from year to year. In 2014, we waitlisted thirty-one people. Of those, seventeen were offered admission. Eight withdrew from consideration before we made a decision. Six were denied.