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Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Arts degree in Philosophy offers students the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of the core areas of analytic and Continental philosophy, to develop ethical reasoning, critical thinking, and research skills, and to prepare and increase competitive ability for admission and success in Ph.D. or J.D. programs
Why pursue an M.A. Philosophy at UTSA?
UTSA philosophy students have secured admission into the top law school and philosophy graduate programs in the country. Our students benefit from a diverse curriculum, flexible course requirements, and the ability to choose either a thesis or internship track toward completion of the M.A. Finally, our students engage with world-renowned philosophers at our annual Brackenridge Philosophy Symposia.
All students will take PHI 5013 Advanced Logic and PHI 5023 Ethical Theory during their first year. Prior to declaring the thesis or internship track, all students will take three comprehensive exams. Students who have completed the comprehensive exams may choose to complete the M.A. by writing a thesis or completing an internship.
- Thesis Track: Thesis track students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours at the graduate level, 6 of which are devoted to writing and defending a thesis.
- Internship Track: Internship students are required to complete 33 semester credit hours, with up to 6 credits of internship.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
- Admission determinations will be based on undergraduate grade point average, undergraduate coursework, letters of recommendation, and written work that demonstrates a philosophical proficiency as well as the ability to achieve the objectives of the applicant’s proposed graduate study.
- For more information about program requirements, please refer to the graduate catalog.
- A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- A completed graduate studies application.
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- The Department uses GRE scores as only one of the many factors taken into consideration when evaluating applications. GRE scores are required for each applicant, and must also be submitted to the Graduate School.
- Two letters of recommendation preferably from faculty who have worked closely with the applicant in either the classroom, laboratory, or other research site.
- Statement of Intent: Please submit a 500–750 word, well-thought-out statement indicating why the M.A. program in Philosophy is a good fit for applicant's professional goals, and why applicant is a good fit for the Department. The statement should include information on:
- coursework and other relevant experiences that prepared the applicant for graduate work in Philosophy,
- particular research interests of the applicant,
- how that applicant’s academic interests match with faculty, departmental and university resources,
- UTSA Philosophy faculty who may be suitable advisors
- how a graduate degree in Philosophy will further the applicant’s professional and personal goals.
- Writing Sample (optional): The Department strongly recommends that each applicant include a writing sample. The most effective writing samples demonstrate both that the applicant is a good writer and that the applicant has suitable potential as a philosophy graduate student. The Department prefers writing samples that are no longer than 20 pages in length.
- Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
- Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
- International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Assistantships and Financial Support
All Philosophy M.A. students in good standing can compete for Research and Teaching Assistantships. For more information, see the Philosophy Graduate Handbook, or the Graduate School’s funding page.
Department of Philosophy Faculty
The philosophy department faculty are distinguished teachers and scholars who publish regularly in leading presses and journals, and present at prominent local, national, and international conferences. Faculty have received the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards for Research and Teaching Excellence, an NEH Fellowship, as well as various other research grants and awards. The faculty mentor students closely, and have placed students at top law schools and philosophy programs.