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Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (QS) , OR,
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon offers graduate programs leading to the master of arts (M.A.) or the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.


The Philosophy program at the University of Oregon is known for its pluralism, close mentoring relationships between graduate students and faculty, a faculty committed to teaching excellence as well as research, supportive rather than competitive relationships among graduate students, and professionally active and successful graduate students.

The department and faculty have particular strengths in a range of traditions and fields of focus. The program requires students to develop a broad knowledge of the history of philosophy, major fields, and various approaches and methods. We also welcome interdisciplinary approaches. Students are expected to concentrate in a specific area at the advanced level.

Each student designs a program in consultation with a faculty adviser. Two or more years are typically required to complete the master’s degree and five or six years for the doctorate.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Logic (Pratt)
  • 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophers: Descartes and Locke (Zack)
  • 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophers: Schelling (Warnek)
  • 20th-Century Philosophers: Beauvoir (Mann)
  • Seminar: Philosophy and Teaching (Vallega-Neu)
  • Pro Seminar: Feminist Philosophy (Mann)
  • Hermeneutics of Difference (Vallega)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • A brief personal statement explaining your philosophical background and specific philosophical interests. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, completed by teachers (preferably philosophy teachers) familiar with the applicant’s academic background.
  • One writing sample that reflects your highest quality work in philosophy. 
  • College transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate course work in philosophy. 
  • Domestic Students: Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required. 
  • International Students: A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28161 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28161 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16659 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16659 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Eugene

  • 970 - 1380 USD/month
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