Alt-Ac Careers

Many students who have received the M.A. in philosophy at Georgia State have elected not to pursue a Ph.D. These students have gone on to use their philosophical skills in a diverse set of careers such as lawyers, community college instructors, high school teachers, ethics consultants, army officers, and artists. Many have gone on to careers in various sorts of business settings.

The  American Philosophical Association has produced Beyond Academia. While some of the information in this publication is specific to PhD holders, much of it applies to MA holders as well.

Unfortunately, we do not have comprehensive information about the students who have decided not to pursue a Ph.D. Here we provide a sample of some of the jobs of our MA graduates. This list does not include those who are lawyers. There are too many of those to mention.

John Everett Button, M.A. 2009, Texas Department of Transportation Risk Manager, NTT DATA Corporation, Austin, TX

Zachary Hopper, M.A. 2013, 6th Grade Mathematics Instructor, Brookside Charter School, Kansas City, MA

Maria Montello, MA 2011, Instructor and Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jessica Owensby-Sandifer, M.A. 2006, Lead Software Developer, Home Depot, Atlanta, GA

Lauren Papiernik, M.A. 2013, Department Coordinator for Institutional Advancement, Brandeis University, Boston, MA

James Ruvolo, M.A. 2004, Detective, City of Bethlehem Police Department, Bethlehem, PA

Brad Summers, M.A. 2011, Research Analyst, Masters Capital Management, Atlanta, GA