The philosophy MA degree offers two tracks:
The strength of the master’s program stems from its flexibility and faculty mentorship. While some MA programs in philosophy are intended exclusively to prepare students for doctoral study, the goal of AU’s philosophy program is to ensure students are able to develop a program that is tailored to their goals. While many students will use their coursework at AU as preparation for doctoral study, other students will use it to prepare for other fields, such as law, or to clarify their career goals.
In addition to preparation for PhD programs or law school, the program’s emphasis on research, writing, and philosophical interpretation prepares its students for careers in a number of fields in government, non-governmental organizations (such as public policy institutes and ethics organizations), and education. Student internships have served as the capstone experience, and have often led to employment for those who are not seeking further graduate study. For those who do enter PhD programs, the internship provides not only an opportunity to test one’s theoretical intuitions and commitments, but to consider how the study of philosophy contributes to, and also benefits from, engagement outside the academy. Students have interned in remarkably varied settings, including governmental and nongovernmental organizations focusing on issues and problems both domestic and international.
Recent graduates are pursuing PhD’s at universities throughout the U.S., as well as working in organizations such as the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.
You can apply until:
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33 credit hours of approved graduate work
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You need the following GPA score:
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).
22,302 - 30,183 USD
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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