M.A. On Campus


George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Students in the MA program in Philosophy at George Mason University benefit from a department with a wide range of expertise.  The program seeks to ensure students will receive a solid foundation in areas of both historical and contemporary significance.


Course offerings provide grounding in the history of philosophy, ethics, policy, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of sex and gender, contemporary continental philosophy, contemporary analytic philosophy, and philosophy of science.

You will be taught by an internationally recognized faculty who are winners of awards and fellowships including Fulbright Fellowships, the Alain Locke Award for Public Philosophy, the CReST Fellowship from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, an award from the Fondation Brocher, and more. Faculty at our R1 university are committed to individual student mentorship. 

The master's degree in Philosophy from George Mason University is designed both for students who intend to pursue a doctorate in philosophy and for those who seek the master’s as a terminal degree. Students choose a focus on traditional and contemporary philosophy, or choose one of two concentrations: ethics and public affairs, or philosophy and cultural theory.  Students have the option to write an MA thesis.

Students pursue the degree to satisfy intellectual interest and to further professional expertise.  Courses are offered in the evening at times convenient for working professionals.  Our students range from recent graduates to mid-career professionals, and each benefit from their classmates’ different backgrounds and experience.

Career options:

Graduates of the program move on to careers in law, technology, health care, education, and public service, or use the program to prepare for doctoral studies in philosophy or related fields such as political theory or gender studies. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Proseminar in Philosophy
  • Aristotle: Selected Works
  • Figures and Topics in Ancient Philosophy
  • Postmodernist Thought
  • Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophical Figures
  • Phenomenology
  • Figures and Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
  • Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit
  • Advanced Seminar in Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 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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