Why Earn an M.A. in Philosophy?

Test the Waters

The M.A. in Philosophy provides students with an opportunity to test what an academic career in philosophy might be like as well as decide whether philosophy is the right academic path for them — before they invest a great deal of time and resources in a multi-year doctoral program.

Enhanced Credentials for Doctoral Program

The M.A. in Philosophy will enhance students' qualifications if they plan to pursue a full-time doctoral program in philosophy; this can be especially useful if they seek to enter graduate school without first having obtained an undergraduate major in philosophy.

Alternative Career Paths

An M.A. in Philosophy is also valuable for students seeking to pursue other careers paths. A demonstrated capacity for rigor in reasoning and analysis, as well as enhanced communication and writing skills will strengthen the applications of those pursuing careers in fields such as business, economics, law, medicine, publishing, and divinity.