The priority deadline to apply to the master's program in Philosophy is February 1.
The Department of Philosophy has developed three areas of research strength:
- Social and Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind
- History of Philosophy
Students pursuing the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy degree may choose one of the following concentrations:
- Traditional Track
- Concentration in Neurophilosophy
- Concentration in History of Philosophy
Our M.A. program is designed to be finished in two years. See “tips on finishing fast.” However, a few students take three years to finish.
The Department feels that it has an obligation to both its graduate students and the undergraduates who are taught by graduate students to train graduate students not only in how to do philosophical research but also in how to teach philosophy.
The Department offers a funding package to every graduate student it admits to the M.A. program. Every funding package includes a stipend (assistantship or scholarship), subsidized health insurance and a full waiver of tuition. We believe that offering funding to all graduate students in the M.A. program greatly improves the academic ability of our graduate students and the social life of the Department.
The Department feels that prospective students (and others) deserve to know what our M.A. students do after graduation. Many of our MA graduates go on to a wide range of careers in law, business, government, software, non-profits, and many other fields. We also have several MA alumni who hold faculty positions at other institutions. See our Placement and Alt-Ac careers pages to learn more.