Philosophy, M.A. | University of Kansas | Lawrence, United States
12 months
23951 USD/year
23951 USD/year
9989 USD/year
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The Department of Philosophy at The University of Kansas is home to a diverse and distinguished community of philosophers.


Faculty in the Department of Philosophy at University of Kansas are engaged in world-class research and publication in many areas of the discipline. While the Department is committed to excellence in core areas of philosophy, it is also dedicated to the solution of some of the most pressing problems facing humanity. The discipline of business ethics began at KU with the pioneering work of Richard De George and KU Philosophy remains a department that is engaged with pressing social and political concerns. Feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, and moral philosophy are among the highlights of current research and teaching in the Department.

About this Degree

The Terminal M.A. degree requires 30 hours of graduate course work, including a first-year graduate tutorial and at least 12 additional hours of seminar and/or thesis work. M.A. candidates must pass a comprehensive examination over their course work or must write and successfully defend an M.A. thesis.

Fast-Track Master of Arts in Philosophy

The fast-track M.A. provides excellent KU undergraduates in Philosophy an opportunity to complete an M.A. in Philosophy within a year of completing the bachelor’s degree.  Talented students who are planning to continue their studies at the doctoral level or to continue to law school will receive a competitive advantage by acquiring a graduate degree in less time than a traditional terminal M.A.

Programme Structure

  • For the thesis option, the student must submit an acceptable thesis and pass a 2-part oral or written examination including 1 part covering the material of the M.A. program generally and a second part devoted to a defense of the thesis.
  • For the non-thesis option, the student must pass an oral examination covering the material of the M.A. program.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Record Examination Scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical) or Law School Admission Test Scores (for applicants to the joint J.D./M.A. program)  KU GRE Code: 6871
  • Resume/CV
  • A Brief Personal Statement of Academic Goals
  • A Writing Sample  preferably a sample of philosophical prose approximately 10-15 pages in length
  • Applicants who indicate English is not their native language

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23951 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23951 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23951 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23951 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9989 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
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