Philosophy, M.A. | Pennsylvania State University | University Park, United States
12 months
40151 USD/year
38651 USD/year
19286 USD/year
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Graduate education in the Pennsylvania State University Department of Philosophy coordinates our longstanding strength in Continental philosophy with our emerging specialties in feminist philosophy and critical philosophy of race. 


The Philosophy graduate program’s signature style of pursuing these strengths involves engagement with and reflection on the history of philosophy.  It also integrates our strengths with the study of ethics richly informed by a historical approach.

We understand Continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, and critical philosophy of race necessarily draw from multiple traditions, including analytic and American as well as Continental philosophy. Likewise, the field of ethics draws on multiple traditions, and the history of philosophy can be and is pursued by means of different problematics and diverse philosophical traditions. Graduate students at Pennsylvania State University are trained in multiple traditions, helping produce a new generation of diverse students who are philosophically “multilingual.” 

Interdisciplinary study is also possible across the humanities, the social sciences, the arts, the natural sciences, and interdisciplinary programs such as Women's Studies and African American Studies. Doctoral minors are available in social thought and in literary theory, criticism, and aesthetics. Study abroad is possible as well, through exchange programs or individual arrangements with leading departments of philosophy.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate command of and the ability to analyze historical philosophical ideas.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to elaborate new ideas in relation to contemporary issues.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to use research tools such as foreign languages and logic.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to clearly and effectively present their research in both oral presentations and in written formats using appropriate conventions of the discipline.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to the professional and ethical standards of scholarly and professional work in philosophy.
  • Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • American Philosophy Seminar
    • European Philosophy Seminar
    • Ethics Seminar
    • Social and Political Philosophy Seminar
    • Seminar in Logic
    • Aesthetic Seminar
    • Feminist Philosophy Seminar
    • Critical Philosophy of Race
    • Ancient Philosophy Seminar
    • Medieval Philosophy Seminar
    • Modern Philosophy Seminar
    • 19th-Century Philosophy Seminar
    • 20th Century Philosophy Seminar
    • Contemporary Philosophy Seminar
    • Africana Philosophy
    • Major Figures in Modern Philosophy

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    30 SCH


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), or from a comparable substitute examination accepted by a graduate program and authorized by the dean of the Graduate School, are required for admission. 
    • Students with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) and with appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. 
    • The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 GPA may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      40151 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 40151 USD per year during 12 months.
    • National

      38651 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 38651 USD per year during 12 months.
    • In-State

      19286 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 19286 USD per year during 12 months.

    Living costs for University Park

    1000 - 1500 USD /month
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