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Philosophy - Social, Political, Ethical and Legal

Binghamton University

12 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Binghamton University Department of Philosophy’s graduate program in Philosophy - Social, Political, Ethical and Legal offers students advanced coursework and individual research in classical, modern and contemporary social and political philosophy, as well as ethics and the philosophy of law.


Our Philosophy - Social, Political, Ethical and Legal program at Binghamton University offers a terminal Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) track, with specializations in social, political, ethical and/or legal philosophy. The MA is often pursued by students who are interested in postgraduate careers in law, business or public policy. The PhD prepares students for specializations in the most sought-after and fastest-growing areas in contemporary philosophy in colleges and universities. Our Department enjoys highly successful placement rates and aggressive professional development.

Recent doctoral graduate placements include: assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, assistant professor at Antioch College, assistant professor at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey, assistant professor at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia and postdoctoral fellowship at Seton Hall University.

After You Graduate

Graduates of our MA program have had excellent placement rates in doctoral programs, while many PhD graduates have obtained positions at prestigious colleges and universities. Experience gained as teaching assistants and graduate assistants during their study can provide valuable training that educational institutions active seek in candidates. Other alumni have continued their education in law school and found work as attorneys or legal associates. The rest have entered the private sector in business and management capacities.

Programme Structure

  • One first-year SPEL seminar in social and political philosophy and one first-year SPEL seminar in ethics, to be taken during the first year of residency (one in the fall, the other in the spring).
  • At least two SPEL seminars emphasizing the history of philosophy. This is broadly construed, ranging from the ancient world to the 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries, and may be in Western or non-Western philosophy.
  • One SPEL seminar that draws mainly from the Anglo-American tradition, and one SPEL seminar that draws mainly from the Continental European tradition.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (2 for MA applicants; 3 for PhD applicants)
  • A writing sample of up to 20 pages. This should be the best piece of philosophical writing you have completed so far
  • GRE scores are accepted, but not required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11310 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Binghamton

910 - 1984 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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