Philosophy, M.A. | Northern Illinois University | DeKalb, United States
24 months
873 USD/credit 13095 USD/year
504 USD/credit 7560 USD/year
504 USD/credit 7560 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Philosophy at Northern Illinois University is a program that strengthens your understanding of the core areas of contemporary analytical philosophy as it relates to humans, the world and society. 


Program Details

With The Master of Arts in Philosophy at Northern Illinois University will develop critical thinking and writing skills while improving your research and leadership skills, preparing you for advanced work as a teacher, in a research field or for further study in a doctoral program.

Area(s) of Emphasis:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Political Philosophy

Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and to complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work, at least 24 of which must be in philosophy. For students electing to write a thesis, the course work in philosophy will include 6 semester hours of PHIL 699, Thesis. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Topics in Ethics
  • Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Logic
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent recognition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent.
  • If you received a three-year degree awarded through the Bologna process in Europe or a three-year Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration awarded in India, you are eligible to apply (provided you are seeking admission to the MBA or OMIS program).
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Test scores (if required).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Additional materials required by your program.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    13095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 873 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    7560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 504 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 504 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for DeKalb

1100 - 1500 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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