The American University in Cairo

12 months
735 USD/credit
522 USD/credit
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The Philosophy program from The American University in Cairo is devoted to this endeavor through its content and form. It engages students in asking questions about the possibility of knowledge, the nature of morality, beauty and aesthetic experience, the meaning of religious experience, the justification and limits of power, and the purpose and meaning of philosophical inquiry itself.


Mission and Goals

The mission statement of the M.A. program in Philosophy (reflecting those of the Department and the University) is as follows:

Engaging in graduate study in philosophy is to engage in a process of coming to understand one’s self and one’s place in the world. And it holds that to be successful in this enquiry clear and careful thinking, the ability to question deeply held assumptions and attitudes, and a commitment to sound reasoning and careful appraisal of evidence is needed.

The goal of the Philosophy program from The American University in Cairo is therefore to offer the highest quality liberal arts education to our graduate students. Philosophy postgraduates will finish this M.A. program with an in-depth knowledge of the professional discipline as well as the detailed understanding of the history of ideas more generally. This entails rigorous training in rational and critical thought, the close reading and interpretation of some of the history of philosophy’s most challenging texts, exemplary intellectual responsibility, and the ability to clearly and effectively present the results of independently conducted research within the form of a M.A. thesis.

In the words of the executive director of the American Philosophical Association, “The skills that philosophy teaches you are wonderfully transferable.” Our program aims at teaching students advanced philosophical skills, which they will be able to usefully apply either within the context of a future professional career of or as preparation for entering a Ph.D. program at another institution. Students often register for graduate study in Philosophy because of their love of the discipline, rather than for any utilitarian purpose.

Nonetheless, a background in Philosophy can be professionally beneficial, insofar as employers and professional schools have become increasingly aware over the last couple of decades that philosophers tend to have the best training in thinking and writing, and are open and flexible.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Seminar in Classical Philosophy 
  • Advanced Seminar in Islamic Philosophy
  • Kant and Idealism 
  • Advanced Seminar in Phenomenology
  • Advanced Seminar in Aesthetics
  • Selected Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics 
  • Philosophy of Language

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An online application for graduate studies
  • Online payment of the application fee
  • The selection of up to two graduate programs for which the admission application will be processed
  • A statement of purpose indicating the reasons of interest in the specific program
  • An updated resume (CV) that must include work experience and educational background
  • At least two online letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic or professional background. 
  • Official academic records, of which one must be a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with proof of degree completion. 
  • Clear copy of the information pages of your passport
  • One recent passport size photograph 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    735 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 735 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    522 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 522 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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