Master of Arts in Philosophy


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Course Overview

Philosophy as an academic field of study is comprised of five major sections: ethics, logic, aesthetics, metaphysics and epistemology. Master’s degree programs can focus on one area or provide a broad overview of the field. A Master of Philosophy program is sometimes considered more advanced than a Master of Arts in Philosophy program, though both programs lead to some of the same research and 2-year college teaching careers (most 4-year universities prefer professors who hold doctoral degrees). In addition, both programs require completion of a final thesis. Prerequisites for master’s programs include a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or significant philosophy coursework as well as GRE or GMAT scores.

The Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) is a postgraduate research degree, which is primarily offered through economics, sociology, anthropology and political science departments. The M. Phil program is designed for mid-career professionals and students who want advanced training beyond that of a traditional Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) program. Most Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs specifically in philosophy mandate the M.Phil as a pre-dissertation requirement. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
PHIL 801 Introduction to Philosophy 5
PHIL 802 Western Ethical Theories 5
PHIL 803 Environmental Studies 5
PHIL 804 Problems of Philosophy 5
PHIL 805 Ethics and Social Justice 5
PHIL 806 Philosophy of Science 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credit
PHIL 811 Existentialism 5
PHIL 812 World Religion 5
PHIL 813 Kant’s Theory of Knowledge 5
PHIL 814 Philosophy of Education 5
PHIL 815 Philosophy of Management 5
PHIL 816 Greek and Medieval Philosophy 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
PHIL 821 Logic and Scientific Methods 5
PHIL 822 Modern European Philosophy 5
PHIL 823 Social and Political Philosophy 5
PHIL 824 Epistemology 5
PHIL 825 Contemporary Western Philosophy 5
PHIL 826 Moral Philosophy 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
PHIL 831 Buddhist Philosophy 5
PHIL 832 Comparative Religion 5
PHIL 833 Philosophy of Religion 5
PHIL 834 Applied Ethics 5
PHIL 835 Truth and Knowledge 5
PHIL 836 Master thesis 5


Career Opportunities

Graduates with master’s degrees in philosophy often pursue careers in ministry, law, public service and education; however, many opportunities exist in medicine, law or the following:

  • Writing
  • Research science in philosophy
  • Foreign diplomacy

Career opportunities for graduates of the M.Phil program are similar to those who hold an M.A. in Philosophy. Students may consider applying their research and analytical skills to careers in the government, non-profit or corporate sectors. Examples of such careers are highlighted below:

  • Mediator
  • Econometric consultant
  • Philosophy professor


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