M.A. On Campus


Loyola Marymount University

24 months
15780 USD/year
15780 USD/year
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The Philosophy program of Loyola Marymount University provides an opportunity for students to acquire a solid grasp of the history of Philosophy, both Western and Eastern, and to pursue specialized studies of a range of philosophical issues and major figures.


The Philosophy program of Loyola Marymount University is designed for students who seek the comprehensive background and training required for admission to and success in a Ph.D. program in Philosophy, as well as for those who wish to complement their studies in related disciplines with the Master of Arts in Philosophy. A special feature of our graduate program is the opportunity for students to acquire the skills associated with effective teaching as they broaden and deepen their philosophical understanding.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the M.A. Program in Philosophy, the student 

  • will be familiar with the major figures, movements, positions, and issues characterizing the ancient, medieval, modern, late modern, and contemporary periods in the history of Western Philosophy;
  • will be able to make intelligent and critical use of the resources and tools required for thorough philosophical research and writing;
  • will be able to interpret philosophical texts intelligently, critically, and charitably;
  • will be able to analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments;
  • will be capable of clear, coherent, and rigorous argumentation and expression in their own philosophical writing;
  • will be able to communicate their interpretations of philosophical texts and their own critical views confidently in both informal and professional settings;
  • will be able to engage in fruitful philosophical dialogue and discussion;
  • will be able to formulate precisely and communicate clearly their own developing positions on the basic epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical questions;
  • will have a clearer understanding and firmer grasp of the philosophical questions with which they themselves are most deeply concerned;
  • will be familiar with the range of responsibilities associated with the professional side of the philosophical life.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aquinas
  • Classics of Chinese Philosophy
  • Leibniz
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Confucian Political Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants are encouraged to submit their application and materials at least three months prior to the first term of their enrollment.


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
4 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must take the GRE. Usually, successful applicants have a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 300 and an analytic writing score of at least 4.
  • Completion of undergraduate major or minor in Philosophy
  • Strong undergraduate preparation in a closely related field
  • The competency of students with non-traditional backgrounds will be determined in interviews with the Program Director
  • The average GPA of students entering our program is 3.5 or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • A Personal Statement of intent
  • A Writing Sample (10-20 pages)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15780 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15780 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    15780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15780 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 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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