Temple University

36 months
1297 USD/credit
1297 USD/credit
942 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Temple University’s Department of Philosophy has strengths in several areas of philosophical study. The department has a rich history and continuing presence in the field of aesthetics as Monroe Beardsley and John Fisher were in the department for many years. 


Program Overview

The Philosophy department at Temple University also has expertise in European philosophy, epistemology, feminist philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of race, and philosophy of science.a

The M.A. program is designed for students to begin advanced training in the field of Philosophy. Students may plan to continue with a Ph.D. program elsewhere, or may be satisfied with a master's degree for personal enrichment or for pre-college teaching. Students who plan at the outset to pursue the Ph.D. at Temple should apply to the Ph.D. The M.A. can be earned on the way to the Ph.D., if desired.

Interdisciplinary Study: The program encourages students in the M.A. program to engage in a limited amount of interdisciplinary coursework. Students generally take courses in African American Studies, Art History, English, Psychology, or Women’s Studies. A dual-degree program earning the M.A. in Philosophy/M.A. in Urban Bioethics is also now being offered with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

Affiliation(s): The Greater Philadelphia Consortium provides expanded course options for graduate work in Philosophy. Students enrolled in the M.A. program at Temple may take graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University.

Job Prospects: M.A. graduates often find employment as teachers in community colleges and in other professions. For university teaching, the Ph.D. is necessary.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Special Topics in Philosophy
  • Intermediate Logic
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Feminist Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Special Topics in Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Feminist Ethics and Political Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1297 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1297 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1297 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1297 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    942 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 942 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


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