This program is intended both for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs in philosophy or J.D. programs at law schools) as well as for students interested in an additional two years of philosophical study but without any plans for future academic work.
A limited number of students who will have completed the Bachelor's degree prior to beginning their graduate studies may be annually admitted to the M.A. program. Neither admission to nor completion of the M.A. program ensures subsequent admission to the doctoral program.
The MA in Philosophy is independent of the University of Arizona Philosophy Ph.D. program. Students completing the MA in Philosophy will be given no special consideration relative to other applicants if they choose to apply to the doctoral program.
The study of philosophy is central to the mission of every great university. Through an excellent undergraduate major and an internationally distinguished graduate program, the University of Arizona Department of Philosophy offers students abundant opportunities to think deeply, analytically, and autonomously about questions fundamental to the place of the person in the natural and social world. As one of the nation's premier centers for original philosophical research, the Department is the academic home to a wonderfully dynamic and engaged community of students in daily interaction with a faculty of world-renowned philosophers.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Two letters of recommendation from professors with whom they have studied
A writing sample
A statement of purpose
Transcripts (may be unofficial, but if admitted official transcripts will be required)
Required GRE Subject tests: NA
Recommended GRE Subject tests: NA
Minimum GRE Verbal: NA
Minimum GRE Quantitative: NA
Minumum GRE Written: NA
Minimum TOEFL: 550 or 79 (internet)
Minimum IELTS: 7
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Minumum credits: 30
Core coursework: The requirements for completion of the M.A. in Philosophy is at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average in ten three unit graduate courses at or above the 500 curricular level for a total of 30 units. Typically, three of these courses will be graduate seminars numbered between Phil 596a through Phil 596z, and the remaining seven courses will be graduate surveys numbered between Phil 500 through Phil 594. Of these ten courses, the student must take at least one from each of the following fields:
- Metaphysics or Epistemology
- Ethics, Political Philosophy, or Value theory
- History of Philosophy
- Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind or Cognitive Science.
Elective Coursework may come from the following list of Philosophy courses and others from external departments approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
(All classes listed are 3 units.)
Metaphysics and Epistemology
History of Philosophy
Ethics and Value Theory
Logic, Language, and Science
Language requirements: For M.A. applicants, English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Applicants may request, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact TOEFL Services to request the mailing of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832.
Other requirements: The M.A. in Philosophy does not require a thesis. A student may, however, petition to write a thesis instead of taking one of the graduate seminars. For a request to be successful, the student must secure a faculty member to supervise the thesis and two other faculty members to serve on the thesis committee and conduct an oral defense. In such cases, the thesis will be a paper of approximately 6,000-10,000 words.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||22.73%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||2.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||66.67%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||33.33%|
|Enrollment Percent International||16.67%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||16.67%|