Applicants must complete the online graduate application and submit a writing sample (maximum of 6,000 words) showing their ability to engage in philosophy at a high level.
How long will it take?
Most students finish in two years, although some take three.
Where can I take classes?
Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements
- Fall: February 1 initial round; April 15 final deadline
- Spring: Does not admit
- Summer: Does not admit
Georgia State has one of the most highly regarded terminal M.A. programs in philosophy in the country, with strong placement into prestigious Ph.D. programs and a lauded teacher-training program.
In addition, the department has developed three areas of research strength:
- Social, legal and political philosophy
- Neurophilosophy and empirically informed philosophy of mind
- Kant and Post-Kantian German philosophy
Most students pursue the thesis option, which requires 27 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis research, culminating in a thesis defense.
The non-thesis option requires 33 hours of coursework.
In addition to the total number of credit hours, students must fulfill some requirements such as a course in symbolic logic, a course in the history of philosophy, a course in value theory, and a course in metaphysics and epistemology. In the neurophilosophy track, students must take six credit hours of courses in other disciplines related to the empirical study of the mind, such as psychology or neuroscience.
The department offers a funding package to every graduate student it admits to the M.A. program.
Every funding package includes a full waiver of tuition. We believe that offering funding to all graduate students in the M.A. program greatly improves the academic performance of our students and the social life of the department.
Every year, the department offers fellowships and scholarships in each of its three areas of strength: Neurophilosophy, Legal and political philosophy, and Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy. Each of these comes with an annual stipend of $15,000.
Students will have the experience of completing a demanding course of graduate study at a high level, and those completing a thesis will engage in extended independent research that will prepare them well for work in a Ph.D. program in philosophy or related fields.
Students also have the experience of going through our in-depth teacher training program and being responsible for teaching their own classes, which prepares them well for secondary education (at private schools or at public schools, if they spend the additional year gaining an M.A.T. from Georgia State) or for teaching at the college level.