The Department offers a funding package to every graduate student it admits to the M.A. program.
Every funding package includes subsidized health insurance and a full waiver of tuition (which in 2016-17 was $4,680/semester for Georgia residents and $15,012/semester for out-of-state residents). Students must still pay fees, about $1,000/semester. 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. (Under unusual circumstances, where applicants themselves indicate that they have good reason not to pursue a funding package from Georgia State–for instance, where funding from elsewhere precludes them from also accepting funding from us–we will consider admissions without assistantships.)
We offer many more assistantships, in addition to our specialized area fellowships and scholarships. Assistants typically receive a stipend of $6,000 to $10,000 in their first year and $10,000 in their second year. Assuming that they meet departmental requirements, students admitted with assistantships can expect to receive four semesters of stipend support, and we support many students over the summer. (See below for departmental requirements.) Support past this time is possible but should not be expected, and students receiving such support will be required to delay their registration in order to leave space in classes for students in their first or second year. In addition, in order to be eligible for an assistantship in the spring of their third year, students must be on track to complete the non-thesis degree requirements in that semester.
- Some assistants give feedback to drafts of student writing for undergraduate classes, proctor exams, or help with grading.
- Others run study sessions for students taking Critical Thinking.
- Occasionally, assistants work with professors doing such things as seeking research materials, proofreading, indexing books, and writing summaries of literature on a specific topic.
- In their second year, most graduate students are the primary instructors of Phil 1010, Critical Thinking, Phil 2010, Introduction to Philosophy, or Phil 2030, Introduction to Ethics.
Graduate students will become primary instructors only after completing most of their coursework. Before teaching, a student must have successfully completed Phil 8970 (Teaching Philosophy). In addition, every graduate student teacher will take Phil 8980 (Teaching Philosophy Practicum) during their first semester of teaching. The philosophy department takes pride in the training and support it gives to its graduate student teachers.
- Being on academic warning.
- Receiving a grade below B in a letter-graded graduate level philosophy course, or a U in an S/U - graded graduate level philosophy course.
- Having more than one I (Incomplete) in a graduate level philosophy course at the start of any semester.
- Having any Incompletes in a graduate level philosophy course that have been outstanding for more than one semester.
- Taking less than a full class load (9 credit hours, excluding Phil 8900-8999) each semester during the regular academic year prior to starting work on one's thesis (indicated by being enrolled in Phil 8999).
This is not a complete list of the conditions that will make a student subject to review and may lead to discontinuation of support. It is not possible to make a complete list because there is a wide variety of unprofessional conduct that may trigger a review. Examples include (but are not limited to): theft of University property, unprofessional behavior in the classroom, violation of the University’s amorous relationship policy, violence towards other members of the University community, etc.
Note: Wherever the above policy refers to "philosophy courses" it also includes any courses taken outside the philosophy department used towards the satisfaction of the philosophy MA degree (e.g., courses for the Neurophilosophy track).
"Letter-graded" classes in the above refers to classes which are graded on an A-F basis.