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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, 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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24 Results in Philosophy

New College of the Humanities

The MA Philosophy provides a rigorous and wide-ranging programme relevant both to those entering formal philosophical study as graduates of other disciplines and to philo ... [+]

Our MA Philosophy

The MA Philosophy provides a rigorous and wide-ranging programme relevant both to those entering formal philosophical study as graduates of other disciplines and to philosophy graduates seeking to consolidate and expand their studies.

This master’s programme can be completed in one year (full-time), or stretched over two years (part-time). International students who require a visa are only eligible to study this programme on a one-year, full-time basis.

NCH, with its lively and inter-disciplinary research culture and faculty including the philosophers A C Grayling, Simon Blackburn, Daniel Dennett, and Peter Singer, small-group seminars conducive to stimulating debate, and focused supervisions, offers a distinctive environment which is exceptionally conducive to the successful study of philosophy.... [-]

United Kingdom London
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Eötvös Loránd University

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

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 of these.

In general, the program is research-oriented, aiming to prepare students for a Ph.D. program. The program aims at developing the research abilities of the students. Its central part is the Logic and its Applications Seminar at the Department of Logic, where students and staff members together discuss their work in progress. The most often occurring topics of the seminar are set theory and model theory in their philosophical connections, philosophy of mathematics in general, formalization of physical theories, such as special and general relativity within different logical frameworks. Students get acquainted with the research works of the staff of the department and its partner and join a research program in order to write their own thesis. They are required to give two presentations of their work during the two years.... [-]

Hungary District V.
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Bayreuth

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 ... [+]

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.

A P&E degree is the foundation for society’s future decision-makers in government, business, science, and NGOs. If you are looking for an ambitious PPE or PEP Master you will find plenty of political philosophy and political economy in our programme. If you are looking for a Master programme in economics with a difference, then you have also landed at the right place.

The programme is targeted at students with an interest in obtaining an advanced analytical and quantitative training as a foundation for pursuing research-based careers in academia, public service, and business. In designing the degree we had in mind economists and philosophers as well as those with political scientists or those with a background in business or management studies who are intent on sharpening their abilities in normative reflection, on deepening of their knowledge of subjects they have pursued during their Bachelor’s studies, and on broadening and enhancing their methodological skills in key areas relevant to both disciplines.... [-]

Germany Bayreuth
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Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Campus
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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 P ... [+]

The Department of Philosophy faculty members have strengths in political and social philosophy (including feminism and philosophy of race); philosophy of mind; philosophy of science; philosophy of language, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics and epistemology; and continental philosophy (including Nietzsche and phenomenology). The Master of Arts (M.A.) program offered by the philosophy department is perennially among the highest-ranked of its kind in the United States. It has a strong record of placing its students in the excellent Ph.D. programs in philosophy. The program is ideal for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy but whose undergraduate preparation in the subject might not... [-]
USA Medford
August 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Mary Immaculate College

The MA in Philosophy and Literature is a taught programme, which is designed to provide an additional postgraduate academic qualification for... ... [+]

MA in Philosophy and Literature

The MA in Philosophy and Literature is a taught programme, which is designed to provide an additional postgraduate academic qualification for graduates in the areas of Philosophy and English and to give students a sense of the interdisciplinarity between the areas of Philosophy and English.It is also designed to develop a sense of critical thinking in both areas and to facilitate critical engagement with contemporary issues and problems.Full-time students may take the MA degree course in one year and part-time students will require two years.The programme may lead to doctoral study in the field for suitably qualified graduates.

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Ireland Limerick
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
California Institute of Integral Studies

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. ... [+]

Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness MA and PhD

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) PhD and MA programs aim to create the leadership necessary for profound, progressive, transformation of social institutions and individual consciousness. PCC is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.

PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas of Western intellectual and spiritual traditions, together with insights from Asian spiritual philosophies and indigenous worldviews, the PCC faculty has constructed a multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate each student's journey into his or her particular leadership role.... [-]

USA San Francisco
September 2019
Full-time
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 New School is a progressive university in New York City where scholars, artists, and designers come together to challenge convention and create positive change. Founded in 1919, the university consists of Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research, and numerous renowned graduate programs. The New School’s rigorous, multidimensional approach to education gives students the academic freedom to shape their unique, individual paths of study for a complex and rapidly changing world.

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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.... [-]

USA New York
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Campus
Nalanda University

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

MA Programme

Students are required to complete 48 hours of course work (12 credits per semester) and submit a thesis towards the fulfillment of a Master’s degree. Is of these course credits are for thesis-specific courses taken with the student’s primary advisor. All students are required to take a survey course during the first semester of coursework as well as a methodology course. The MA thesis must be approved by an appropriate faculty committee.

Structure of MA Degree 4 Core courses, equivalent to 12 credits 4 Language courses, equivalent to 12 credits (Students are required to pick one language and pursue it till the last semester) 3 Thesis components, equivalent to 9 credits 5 Electives, equivalent to 15 credits Eligibility ... [-]
India Delhi
July 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Utrecht University

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

EXPLORE FUNDAMENTAL PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES AND THEIR HISTORY

Do you have a strong desire to sharpen and clarify the loose arguments and vague concepts we all encounter in newspaper articles, textbook readings and everyday conversations? Are you at least as interested in questioning answers as answering questions? 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.

Philosophy is a selective, two-year, English-language program that emphasises active participation in research. During your studies, you will develop the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to be a successful researcher - whether you go on to pursue a PhD in philosophy (our graduates have been highly successful in securing PhD grants) or to pursue a career in one of the many fields that require key research skills. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to approach your ongoing work with analytical rigour, conceptual clarity, expressive precision, compelling argumentation, and a keen awareness of historical perspectives.... [-]

Netherlands Utrecht
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Turin

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

APPLICATION at UniTo for a.y. 2019-2020 is OPEN until April 14th 2019. Apply at https://apply.unito.it

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. A core curriculum on classical texts and issues is available, along with courses reaching out to forefront debates not only in current philosophy but also in foundational issues concerning contemporary politics, arts, and the sciences.... [-]

Italy Turin
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Leiden University

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

The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to offer you an advanced training in different philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking.

Five specialisations; an expansive curriculum

The master in Philosophy offers you the choice of five specialisations, each provides a broad overview of the most important philosophical branches, including their historical development and recent topical debates. Contrasting philosophical methodologies are explored, including continental and analytical philosophy. Electives within each specialisation investigate everything from logic, mind and cognition, to ethics, politics and cultural philosophy.... [-]

Netherlands Leiden The Hague
February 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The programme offers a high-level training for excellent students who seek to develop a research career in philosophy. ... [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

This full-time English-taught research master is jointly organised by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), the Department of Philosophy and Moral Science of Ghent University (UGent) and the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). The programme offers a high-level training for excellent students who seek to develop a research career in philosophy. Graduates of this programme are capable of developing a philosophical research project and draw up a funding application that can be filed with local, national or international funding institutions. They are able, within their areas of specialisation, to formulate original and innovative research problems based on a duly founded insight into the internationally recognised state-of-the-art in that domain. Graduates of this programme are able to work out original solutions to the selected research problems and argue their cases clearly and convincingly. They are trained in academic writing, which enables them to act as lead authors of academic articles. The research seminars that constitute the core of the programme cover a wide range of philosophical domains. Some relate to socially relevant topics (i.e. more applied philosophy) while others relate to more fundamental, purely philosophical domains.... [-]

Belgium Brussels
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Bucharest

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 a ... [+]

Overview

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. Some of our students want to acquire these skills and insights as preparation for a Ph.D. track, some plan to use them in another area of intellectual enterprise, and some are just curious and want to know what postgraduate studies in philosophy are like. But all of them are invited to participate in a lively research environment in which students are encouraged to interact with some of the best scholars in this field.

Generally, due to its focus on clear thought, cogent argumentation and elaborated criticism of philosophical accounts, Analytic Philosophy has proven to be an extremely useful instrument in the philosophical professional training. Our program fosters various valuable skills such as critical articulated thinking, accurate identification of the main tenets of a debate, minute analysis of the issues discussed, elaborated argumentation in favor of a point of view, and the rapid detection of fallacious arguments. Thus, students who do not wish to pursue an academic career in philosophy may still find many opportunities to apply later these skills in public institutions or companies where clear analytical thinking is a valuable asset.... [-]

Romania Bucharest
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
The Wisdom School at Ubiquity University

Ubiquity MA and MBA degrees are your creation. We require some core courses that we want every student to take and then we work with you to shape your own major area of c ... [+]

Ubiquity currently offers Four Masters degrees: Master of Arts (MA) in Sustainable Impact Master of Arts (MA) in Wisdom Studies Master of Business Administration (MBA) Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Master of Arts (MA) in Sustainable Impact

This is the first educational program that prepares you specifically to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. It is designed to equip you with the qualities and competencies you need to contribute to solving the challenges laid out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tied into UNESCO’s competency framework for the SDGs, it combines a set of core cross-cutting competencies for dealing with major global challenges with specific competency sets for each SDG.... [-]

USA USA Online
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Online
University of Johannesburg

For the research degree, students write a dissertation of approximately 45,000 words under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic ... [+]

MA in Philosophy (Research)

For this degree, students write a dissertation of approximately 45,000 words under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic must be in line with the expertise of the available lecturers.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this Degree, students must fulfil the Department’s admission requirements (in addition to the University’s admission requirements) and prove their knowledge of research methodology and history of philosophy. Some of the requirements are [i] at least 65% average for the Honours degree in Philosophy and [ii] the submission of written philosophical work done for the Honours Degree. Supplementary oral examinations might be required.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus