Graduate Program

General Information

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program offered by our department 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. The program is ideal for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy but whose undergraduate preparation might not qualify them for competitive doctoral programs. We also have a record of placing our students in top law and JD/PhD programs. Students with other career plans are admitted as space permits. The program is designed to be finished in two years, but some students elect to stay a third year.

The department has special strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, political and social philosophy (including feminism and philosophy of race), ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics and epistemology, Ancient philosophy, philosophy of language, and continental philosophy. Each year at least six seminars are offered, typically on faculty research interests, which range from analytic metaphysics and the philosophy of biology to the history of ethics, philosophy and film, or special topics in the history of philosophy.

Students are required to complete 12 courses, including an intensive logic course and a graduate writing seminar. No Thesis is required. For more details, see Program Requirements.