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Students with an undergraduate degree may wish to further their education with a post-graduate degree such as a Master of Arts. The MA typically consists of the study of fine arts, philosophy, English, and various other topics. Students can then advance in their careers with a broader knowledge of their specific area of study. What is an MA in Philosophy? Among the oldest of human pursuits, philos… Read more

Students with an undergraduate degree may wish to further their education with a post-graduate degree such as a Master of Arts. The MA typically consists of the study of fine arts, philosophy, English, and various other topics. Students can then advance in their careers with a broader knowledge of their specific area of study.

What is an MA in Philosophy? Among the oldest of human pursuits, philosophy deals with some of the greatest questions regarding existence, such as “What is truth?” and “What is the nature of reality?” Graduates may not hold all of the answers, but they will have developed tools for exploring the questions, garnered in part through study of primary texts, discussion and lecture, and reflection and rigorous testing of hypotheses.  Philosophy degrees may focus on particular areas and/or issues, such as religion or ethics, and applicants should be prepared to draft a clear statement outlining their particular interests.

Few degrees offer more opportunity for self-examination and high-level intellectual discourse. Philosophy majors tend to enjoy their work and apply their learning to their personal pursuits, as well as their professional lives. While a notoriously challenging discipline, philosophy instills academic rigor and critical thinking skills that transfer to many possible fields. Upon successfully completing a program, many graduates go on to earn PhDs.

Depending on the program, a Master’s in Philosophy may take up to two years, and the costs vary among different colleges. Some factors that play a role in cost are what country the school is in and whether it is a public or private institution.

A high number of graduates enter academia, at either the high school or college level; however, a philosophy degree tells employers that a graduate enjoys grappling with difficult problems, and that he or she has broad interests, as well as a high degree of intelligence. Thus, graduates may follow a great number of potential career paths, such as law, psychiatry, health administration, information technology, and the sciences. In addition, graduates often go on to become successful writers, entrepreneurs, and consultants.

Many colleges and universities offer a limited number of slots in their Philosophy programs, so it is important for potential students to apply as early as possible for consideration. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Studying this MA in Philosophy will hone your ability to think clearly and logically, and develop your writing, research and analytical skills. You'll study texts from differe ... +

Studying this MA in Philosophy will hone your ability to think clearly and logically, and develop your writing, research and analytical skills. You'll study texts from different periods and philosophical perspectives, including works by Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt; and you'll investigate contemporary debates on environmental aesthetics, consciousness, global justice, emotion, and morality in politics. Finally, you'll undertake a substantial piece of independent research, writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice. -
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Part-time
2 years
English
01 Oct 2022
Online
 
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

The program focuses on logic and its applications in the philosophy of science, particularly in the foundations of mathematics, physics, linguistics, and the social sciences. ... +

The program focuses on logic and its applications in the philosophy of science, particularly in the foundations of mathematics, physics, linguistics, and the social sciences. Beyond a few core courses and a joint four-semester seminar series providing a common background to all students, we offer the following four thematic groups of courses: Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics, Foundations of Physics, Logic in Linguistics, and Models in the Social Sciences – the student has to choose 7 courses offered in these modules. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
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California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Our program aims to shape the leadership necessary for the profound, progressive transformation of social institutions and individual consciousness. The Philosophy, Cosmology, ... +

Our program aims to shape the leadership necessary for the profound, progressive transformation of social institutions and individual consciousness. The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. Our program attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are in varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in modern societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
Campus
 

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New College of the Humanities
London, United Kingdom

This MA Philosophy is an excellent preparation for a PhD and a career in academia. It also develops critical reasoning, logic, and systematic approaches to problem solving, al ... +

This MA Philosophy is an excellent preparation for a PhD and a career in academia. It also develops critical reasoning, logic, and systematic approaches to problem solving, alongside an ability to analyse an issue from a broader perspective, to allow you to become a visionary, all of which are highly valued by employers in a variety of fields. -
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English
Sep 2022
01 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel

The Department of Jewish Philosophy (Jewish Thought and Kabbalah) in Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Jewish Studies is devoted to the research and teaching of all fields of J ... +

The Department of Jewish Philosophy (Jewish Thought and Kabbalah) in Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Jewish Studies is devoted to the research and teaching of all fields of Jewish philosophy from the classical period until the writing of Jewish philosophy in our days, including the study of Kabbalah and Hasidism. Special emphasis is put on the study and research of philosophical thinking, mystical contemplation, and interreligious relations. If you are interested in such fields as Jewish tradition, philosophy, and Jewish history, the Department of Jewish Philosophy invites you to participate in a fascinating, thought-provoking MA in Jewish Philosophy, which takes you into the comprehensive exploration of the world of Jewish philosophy and all its aspects while examining different approaches, discourses, and methods from a broad cultural perspective. Read this article to find out more about the program. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Oct 2022
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University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

Students will train the philosophical knowledge and skills they developed in their Bachelor's degree and are encouraged to engage in philosophical discussions at a deeper leve ... +

Students will train the philosophical knowledge and skills they developed in their Bachelor's degree and are encouraged to engage in philosophical discussions at a deeper level during their Master's. The Master's in Philosophy, therefore, offers a highly individualized programme helping students to explore their options in philosophy after completion of the programme. The Master's is concluded with a thesis on a topic of your choice. -
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English (UK)
01 Sep 2022
01 Sep 2022
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University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

A specialist degree that examines a range of areas of analytical philosophy.

A specialist degree that examines a range of areas of analytical philosophy. -
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Part-time
English
Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
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Nalanda University
Rajgir, India

The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion offers M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion and M.A. in Hindu Studies (Sanātan ... +

The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion offers M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion and M.A. in Hindu Studies (Sanātana). The programme in Buddhist Studies emphasizes a deep and distinctive study of Buddhist ideas and values and historically contextualizes those ideas in relation to other proximal philosophical and religious traditions such as Vedic, Sankhya, Yoga, and Tantra. The programme in Hindu Studies is designed to enable the students to grasp the rich spiritual as well as an intellectual system of Hinduism – a distinctively interdisciplinary system where the textual and the oral, the verbal and the visual, the scientific and the metaphysical, the transcendental and the functional are interlocked as parts of a whole. Through an interdisciplinary/ comparative curriculum, the School examines the wider social-historical-cultural contexts of the development of Hindu and Buddhist traditions and the concurrent philosophical systems of Asia in general and of South and Southeast Asia in particular. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
01 Aug 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

This Philosophy MA at Leiden University is intended for students in a particular academic discipline, who are interested in the philosophical foundations and methodological as ... +

This Philosophy MA at Leiden University is intended for students in a particular academic discipline, who are interested in the philosophical foundations and methodological aspects of that discipline. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

The Research Master in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented programme that prepares you to participate in the current debates in the international philosophical ... +

The Research Master in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented programme that prepares you to participate in the current debates in the international philosophical community and to develop your own research contributions to the field. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
The New School
New York, USA

The MA in Philosophy is a 30 credit program providing students with advanced training in the history of philosophy and in central areas of current philosophical inquiry. The p ... +

The MA in Philosophy is a 30 credit program providing students with advanced training in the history of philosophy and in central areas of current philosophical inquiry. The program offers an optional specialized minor in Psychoanalysis. -
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Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Radboud University
Nijmegen, Netherlands

Training in the art of thinking. This programme is designed for students with a background in Philosophy or related fields. Gain the skills to analyse issues and concepts logi ... +

Training in the art of thinking. This programme is designed for students with a background in Philosophy or related fields. Gain the skills to analyse issues and concepts logically, and document your conclusions in clear and persuasive language. Engage and understand with continental, analytic and historical approaches to philosophy in a stimulating research environment, and surrounded by scholars at a number of highly regarded research institutes. Prepare yourself for a career as an academic, policymaker, journalist or in related fields. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The two-year Master's specialization in Philosophy, Bioethics, and Health will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to deal with ethical issues in health care. ... +

The two-year Master's specialization in Philosophy, Bioethics, and Health will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to deal with ethical issues in health care. You will learn how to reflect on practical problems from a medical, moral, legal, political, and economic perspective. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, USA

The Master of Arts in Philosophy is perennially the highest-ranked of its kind in the United States. It has an excellent record of placing its students in the very best PhD pr ... +

The Master of Arts in Philosophy is perennially the highest-ranked of its kind in the United States. It has an excellent record of placing its students in the very best PhD programs in philosophy. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium

Looking for a research career in philosophy? Our graduates are able to develop a philosophical research project and draw up adequate funding applications. You will be able to ... +

Looking for a research career in philosophy? Our graduates are able to develop a philosophical research project and draw up adequate funding applications. You will be able to work out original solutions to research problems, and argue cases in a clear and convincing way. Become one of tomorrow’s lead authors of academic articles! -
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2 years
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19 Sep 2022
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