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.
| Required Degree
|Other Degree Requirements
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
||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 Purpose
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
| Test Scores
||GRE scores are required for each applicant.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
||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.
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.