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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Ural Federal University
Yekaterinburg, Russia

The MA program in Political Philosophy is designed for students who are interested in philosophical reflection on the most complex and substantial issues underlying contemporar ... +

The MA program in Political Philosophy is designed for students who are interested in philosophical reflection on the most complex and substantial issues underlying contemporary politics. The program offers a range of courses in modern political philosophy, as well as courses in social research methods. Political Philosophy studies the ways people organize their collective life and examines what “good society” means. Its particular focus lies with how our critical capacity and individual agency can transform the world we live in. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
30 Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Turin
Turin, Italy

Starting from October 2016, the University of Turin offered a new MA program in philosophy completely taught in English: the Philosophy International Curriculum. The program a ... +

Starting from October 2016, the University of Turin offered a new MA program in philosophy completely taught in English: the Philosophy International Curriculum. The program aims at providing a thorough insight into a comprehensive range of philosophical problems and at developing the distinctive transferable skills arising from an advanced philosophical education. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
Nalanda University

The School fosters critical thinking and explore the wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism in individual regions of Asia.

The School fosters critical thinking and explore the wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism in individual regions of Asia. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
The New School

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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania

This is a two-year research master programme aiming to provide students with various useful skills and insights needed to do independent intellectual work in philosophy at pos ... +

This is a two-year research master programme aiming to provide students with various useful skills and insights needed to do independent intellectual work in philosophy at postgraduate level. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth, Germany

The Departments of Philosophy and Economics offer a leading and unique Master Programme in Philosophy & Economics in Europe. P&E will provide you with a rigorous educa ... +

The Departments of Philosophy and Economics offer a leading and unique Master Programme in Philosophy & Economics in Europe. P&E will provide you with a rigorous education in core areas of economics and analytic philosophy. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
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 Ph.D. ... +

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 Ph.D. programs in philosophy. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2020
Campus
 
University of Tartu
Tartu, Estonia

MA in Philosophy gives a systematic overview of the field of philosophy, theoretical developments, concepts and methods of philosophical research.

MA in Philosophy gives a systematic overview of the field of philosophy, theoretical developments, concepts and methods of philosophical research. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Radboud University
Nijmegen, Netherlands

Training in the art of thinking.

Training in the art of thinking. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
01 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

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

The Research Master in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented program 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 2020
Campus
 
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

The MA Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches to offer you an advanced training in philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logi ... +

The MA Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches to offer you an advanced training in philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Feb 2020
Campus
 
University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Arts
Gothenburg, Sweden

The study of the history of philosophy is a historical as well as a philosophical discipline. It is philosophical because it seeks the origins of contemporary philosophical de ... +

The study of the history of philosophy is a historical as well as a philosophical discipline. It is philosophical because it seeks the origins of contemporary philosophical debates. It is historical because it seeks to understand these origins on their own terms and in their own context. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus