MA in Philosophy
The M.A. Program at Loyola Marymount University is marked by three emphases: (1) the history of Philosophy, including recent and contemporary continental philosophy; (2) ethical studies; and (3) philosophy informing and informed by the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. Our students are invited to acquire a solid grasp of the history of philosophy and to pursue specialized studies of a range philosophical issues and figures. The program is designed for students who seek the comprehensive background and training required for admission to and success in a Ph.D. program in Philosophy, as well as for those who wish to complement their studies in related disciplines with the Master of Arts in Philosophy. Special features of our M.A. Program are our commitment to imparting to students the skills associated with effective teaching as they broaden and deepen their philosophical understanding and our commitment to promoting our students' professional development in preparation for a career in the field of Philosophy.
The Teacher Orientation and Practicum (TOP)
The aim of TOP is to introduce students to the practical and pedagogical tasks involved in teaching at the undergraduate level, and to provide basic instruction in the effective performance of those tasks. TOP is administered by the TOP Coordinator who is a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy. It includes both instructional sessions and practical applications. The instructional sessions provide guide-lines for the preparation of course descriptions and syllabi, assignments and examinations, and for the grading of assignments and examinations. In addition, they offer instruction in the ethics of the profession, and guidelines for the preparation and delivery of lectures and the conduct of classroom discussions. The practical applications include: interviews with faculty members about their approaches to teaching and their methods, their successes and their failures; preparation of sample course descriptions and syllabi; preparation and delivery of one guest lecture in a lower-division Philosophy course, student evaluations, and a final review of the student's performance. Ongoing assistance is provided by experienced, full-time members in the Department of Philosophy. Students who choose to participate in TOP do so during their second and third semesters of the M.A. Program, unless they enter the program at mid-year. Students who participate in TOP are eligible to apply for positions as Teaching Fellows in the Department of Philosophy.
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Cost & Fees
The Department awards one Graduate Assistantship each year. Assistantships cover the cost of tuition and are awarded for a two-year period. In addition, Graduate Grants, ranging from one-third to one-half tuition, are awarded by the Department. Currently, every student enrolled in the program is receiving significant financial assistance. Contact the Director for further details and visit the Graduate Financial Aid Page.