24 months
22302 USD/year
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The philosophy master’s degree program offers a rigorous education focused on close reading and engagement with primary texts, while providing remarkable opportunities to put that training to work, both in and outside the classroom. 

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The philosophy MA degree offers two tracks:

  • The philosophy and social policy track applies ethics and political philosophy to the complex social issues of today, combining philosophy with another related field to provide grounding for designing and evaluating social policy.
  • The history of philosophy track emphasizes the rich, multi-cultural heritage of the discipline, providing the opportunity to study Asian and Latin American philosophies as well as the traditional Western canon.

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.

The programme

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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Seminar on Ethical Theory
  • Seminar on Modern Moral Problems
  • Nineteenth Century Philosophy
  • Twentieth Century Philosophy
  • Internship in Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


33 alternative credits

33 credit hours of approved graduate work


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
4.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
50 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission is based on academic record, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an academic writing sample. 
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22302 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22302 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

22,302 - 30,183 USD


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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