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UTSA offers a new M.A. in Philosophy program starting in Spring 2014

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will offer a master of arts degree in Philosophy starting in spring 2014. The new program will be administered by the Department of Philosophy and Classics in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Students graduating from the master’s program will fill a key need in today’s job market for professionally trained ethicists. Employment options include hospitals and educational institutions, and in the corporate world as ethics officers or ethics committee members. Additionally, the program will provide training in ethical reasoning and critical thinking for students, two important areas of need emphasized recently by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Over the years, UTSA philosophy students have also been able to secure admission into top law schools and philosophy graduate programs around the country. The new master’s degree program will help more students looking to develop an advanced understanding of philosophy prior to pursuing a law degree, doctoral degree or employment.

The selected coursework will provide students with a broad background in philosophy. It will also help them hone their philosophical skills and learn how to communicate clear and compelling arguments.

Scheduled curriculum will be flexible and allow students to either choose a thesis (30 hours) track or internship (33 hours) track to complete their degree.

UTSA Department of Philosophy and Classics faculty are distinguished teachers and scholars who publish regularly in leading publications and journals and present at prominent local, national and international conferences. Faculty have received numerous research grants and accolades including UTSA President Ricardo Romo’s Distinguished Achievement Awards for Research and Teaching Excellence and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“This new master’s degree program in Philosophy supports UTSA’s mission to become a Tier One research university by providing students with opportunities to develop critical skills they can use to build successful careers.” said Daniel Gelo, dean of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts. “Prospective students who have already expressed an interest know that a master’s degree in Philosophy will provide a strong foundation for a variety of careers in numerous fields including education, law and business.”

For more information about the master’s program, visit the Department of Philosophy & Classics or contact Jill Hernandez, Graduate Advisor of Record, at 210-458-5352 or Jill.Hernandez@utsa.edu.

 For more information on the master’s program, visit the Philosophy page. You can also visit for the Department of Philosophy & Classics for details on the M.A. in Philosophy program.


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