Philosophy, M.A. | Duquesne University | Pittsburgh, United States
24 months
1363 USD/credit 20445 USD/year
1363 USD/credit 20445 USD/year
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The Philosophy program of Duquesne University was among the first in the United States to concentrate on phenomenology and, more broadly, nineteenth and twentieth century continental thought.


The mission of the M.A. program in Philosophy program of Duquesne University is to prepare students with strong backgrounds in philosophy and allied fields to successfully obtain admission to more advanced degree programs (especially Ph.D. programs in philosophy and related areas) or to launch careers in other fields.

What you'll study

The department hosts an active and vibrant philosophical community, including an extensive visiting speakers series and graduate research colloquium, student and faculty organized reading groups, and a strong graduate student organization. Information on recent events, visiting speakers, and the Graduate Students in Philosophy organization may be found below.

The graduate program is built around small seminars that engage primary texts and conceptual problems. We strongly encourage reading philosophical works in their original languages, when possible, and place a premium on our students developing a high level of competence in the languages related to their doctoral research. To that end, we offer substantial support for our graduate students to pursue language study at Duquesne and through intensive summer language programs abroad.

Courses offered

In the last few years, the university has offered graduate courses on the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, Plotinus, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Aquinas, classical Islamic philosophy, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Freud, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Adorno, Levinas, Derrida, Habermas, Foucault, Deleuze, and Badiou. Recent thematic courses have included Aesthetics, Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Phenomenology, German Idealism, History and Philosophy of Science, Early Modern Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Psychoanalysis, Idealism and Materialism, Moral Philosophy, Phenomenological Epistemology, Philosophy of the Body, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Time, and the Phenomenology of Space and Place.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Philosophical Questions 
  • Who I Am
  • Democracy & Justice
  • Plato
  • Existentialism
  • Marx

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • M.A. applicants are expected to hold or be in the final stages of completing a B.A. or equivalent degree in Philosophy or a related discipline.
  • A complete M.A. program application consists both of the general University application and all the supporting materials, letters of recommendation, and, when required, language proficiency test scores (international students only).
  • University application
  • Statement of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Test scores
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20445 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    20445 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 USD per credit during 24 months.

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1148 - 1944 USD /month
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