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Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
The MA and the PhD in Philosophy are awarded by the Graduate College. This program is offered by The University of Iowa. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All applicants apply to the PhD program, as there is no terminal MA program. 
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Overview

The Department of Philosophy offers programs of study for undergraduate and graduate students. A major in philosophy develops abilities useful for work in many fields and for any situation requiring clear, systematic thinking.

The department also administers the interdisciplinary undergraduate major in ethics and public policy, which it offers jointly with the Departments of Economics and Sociology; see Ethics and Public Policy in the Catalog.

The Master of Arts program in Philosophy, offered by The University  of Iowa, requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit and is offered without thesis. The M.A. is not offered as a terminal degree; it is awarded to students as they work successfully toward the Ph.D.

Requirements include courses in metaphysics, epistemology, history of philosophy, ethics, logic, philosophy of science, and value theory. There is no world language requirement. Students must take an oral final examination. See Courses in this section of the Catalog for a complete listing of philosophy courses.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate
  • Matters of Life and Death
  • Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy Club

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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    81

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • A sample of your philosophical writing
  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31232 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    31232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31232 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    9266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9266 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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