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Philosophy - MA

Fall Deadlines

Standard Deadline: March 01, 2023

Spring Deadlines

Standard Deadline: November 01, 2022

Application Requirements

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Program-Specific Instructions

Additional Information

Applicants to the MA program in PHIL, including all concentrations, must have completed certain undergraduate preparation coursework with grades of B or higher in each course.

For the MA with Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy focus, these courses are:

  • 1 one-semester course in ancient Western (Greek, Roman) philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 301); plus one 1-semester course in modern Western philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 303); plus 1 one-semester course in logic (GMU equivalent: PHIL 173 or PHIL 376).

For the MA with concentration in Philosophy and Cultural Theory, these courses are:

  • 1 one-semester course in ancient Western (Greek, Roman) philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 301); plus 1 one-semester course in modern Western philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 303); plus 1 one-semester course in logic (GMU equivalent: PHIL 173 or PHIL 376).

For the MA with concentration in Ethics and Public Affairs, these courses are:

  • 1 one-semester course in logic (GMU equivalent: PHIL 173 or PHIL 376); plus EITHER 1 one-semester course in ancient Western (Greek, Roman) philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 301) OR 1 one-semester course in modern Western philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 303).

An applicant with a baccalaureate degree who has not met all admission requirements may, at the discretion of the department, be offered provisional admission if sufficient evidence is presented to suggest the applicant has the ability to pursue graduate work.

Under an offer of provisional admission, the preparation coursework must be completed by the time the student has completed 12 credits of MA coursework; and the preparation coursework must be completed with a grade of B or higher in each course. If the student does not complete the preparation coursework with grades of B or higher in each course within the time of completion of the first 12 credits of graduate study, the student will be terminated from the program. For more information on provisional admission please refer to Graduate Admission Policies.

The submitted writing sample should be 1500-2500 words in length. It must show evidence of the applicant's ability at analysis, reasoning, and argument. If possible, it should engage with philosophical texts. A paper that shows ability to conduct research and to engage critically and constructively with primary and secondary sources is a plus.