The department of philosophy will not be requiring applicants to the M.A. program to submit GRE scores. For the sake of fairness, we also will not be considering GRE scores in our admission decisions. So please do not send in your official GRE scores to GSU, and do not enter your GRE scores into your application.
MA Program: Who May Apply
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. International students who received their degree from a school where English is not the primary language of instruction must take the TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum scores are either a 100 in the TOEFL or 7 in the IELTS.
MA Program: Deadlines
However, we accept applications up until our final deadline of April 1, and applications received between February 1 and April 1 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.
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No, we do not. In the past, officials at the College and University level have asked the Department to start a PhD program. While the Department 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.
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.