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Ask fundamental questions about reality, value, and knowledge, and develop your analytical skills. Receive individual attention while immersing yourself in the community that our well-respected philosophy department provides. The strengths of Brandeis University's Master of Arts Program in Philosophy lie in a number of subfields - metaphysics and epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of the mind and cognitive science, history of modern philosophy, aesthetics, gender and philosophy, and philosophy of law.  The MA can enhance your credentials and prepare you to apply to leading PhD programs in philosophy.

Features that distinguish Brandeis' Master of Arts in Philosophy include:

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Courses and Degree Requirements

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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 15. Applications received by May 1 will be considered until the cohort is full. 

Admission Requirements

Although the department expects that applicants to the MA Program will have had some philosophy coursework as undergraduates, the department does not require an undergraduate degree in philosophy. We encourage applications from students with little to no experience in philosophy, but who are eager to become better acquainted with the discipline and enhance their credentials to apply for a more advanced degree in philosophy or in another area.

Application Requirements

  • An online application;

  • An application fee;

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page;

  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted online;

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;

  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the philosophy program, your career objectives, and your relevant experience.

  • A critical writing sample not to exceed 35 pages; the 35 page maximum may consist of a single paper or two shorter essays of approximately equal length;

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

  • International students: For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Careers and Alumni

With its strong emphasis on problem-solving, research, and communication skills, the Masters in Philosophy from Brandeis can enhance your marketability in numerous career areas. Graduates may find themselves in various settings — from museums, libraries, and classrooms to law offices and newsrooms, though many of our alumni go on to PhD programs. Potential job titles for philosophy masters include policy analyst, legal researcher, community activist, consultant, editor, and mediator. Students can work closely with our Career Services office for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.