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Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #863 (BCR) , CA,
Welcome to the MA program in Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University! We are a nationally recognized MA program with a thriving community of engaged philosophers in the heart of the Bay Area.


A two-year program leading to a Master of Arts in Philosophy. We admit students who have a B.A. in Philosophy, but we also admit students with undergraduate degrees in other fields. We have a strong core program for students who want to strengthen their preparation in the fundamentals of the discipline. SF State faculty members are active scholars and offer advanced students the opportunity to be involved in the development of new research in a number of philosophical fields.

Our program is flexible and accommodates students pursuing a variety of goals: as preparation for those seeking a Ph.D. in Philosophy, a terminal M.A. for community college teaching, or for professional or personal enrichment. In order to serve students who work during the day, we regularly offer graduate seminars in the evening. Under supervision of the faculty, students develop their own course of study suited to their goals. We have developed strong departmental relationships throughout the University and encourage interdisciplinarity in student and faculty research.

Department of Philosophy facilities include a Critical Thinking Computer Lab where students learn to teach using argument analysis software, a comfortable student lounge and a quiet library for studying or meetings.

In addition to all the events and programs that are happening around the department, we encourage and support our students’ participation in the broader philosophical community. We are also very proud of our students’ successes in their post-graduate endeavors including excellent records of gaining admission to Ph.D. programs in philosophy and related fields, securing positions teaching philosophy and putting the knowledge and skills that they acquire with us to use in building careers outside of academia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Seminar in Philosophical Writing
  • Directed Reading in Fundamental Philosophical Texts
  • Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

The general University admission requirements are:

  • Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. If you were educated outside of the United States, you must have earned a degree or diploma that SFSU considers to be the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
  • Have the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 GPA or "B" average. Your overall marks, average exam scores or average grade earned should be better than average or better than passing.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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