The study of philosophy is intrinsically valuable. Earning an M.A. in philosophy is also a means to various ends. Many students in our M.A. program will elect to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy or some other discipline. Some will decide to pursue other sorts of graduate-level study (such as the J.D. or an M.B.A.). The Department actively assists its graduate students in their efforts to meet their post-M.A. goals. The links to the left provide information about those activities.
The Department feels that prospective students (and others) deserve to know what our M.A. students do after graduation. The following tables report the placement of every student who has earned the M.A. at Georgia State since 1999, sorted by academic year.
Retention and Graduation
At Georgia State, we are concerned not only with recruiting promising students, but with supporting them from arrival through their completion of the M.A., as well as in their pursuit of post-degree goals.
Careers Outside Academia
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.
Faculty with M.A. from GSU
A good number of GSU Philosophy MAs are now faculty. Those considering Ph.D. programs should ask the departments to which they apply detailed questions about their job-placement records. In particular, they should ask how many graduates received offers for tenure-track positions.