Philosophy, MA

The Department of Philosophy offers a M.A. program in traditional and contemporary philosophy. General areas of research include ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of law, philosophy of science, feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, experimental philosophy, and the history of philosophy. Members of our faculty are involved in interdisciplinary work in a variety of fields and enjoy close ties with the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, the College of Law, and a number of other graduate programs at ASU.  Philosophy sponsors an active colloquium series and regular philosophical conferences on diverse topics. The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics also sponsors a wide range of activities, including large-scale conferences, distinguished visitors, and support for graduate study.


The MA program in Philosophy is designed to prepare students to:

  • teach philosophy at the community college level
  • to enter doctoral programs
  • to work in any area that requires critical, analytical thinking (such as medicine, law, government, or publishing)

The program seeks to maintain a balance between course offerings in the traditional areas of philosophy and opportunities for study of current philosophical developments.

Philosophy Graduate Faculty


Faculty Research Areas


Contact Information:

Graduate Coordinator

The MA in Philosophy requires 30 credit hours, and is typically completed in 2 years.

 Program Milestones

  • Coursework
    •  Includes courses from Epistemology, History, Metaphysics, and Value Theory
  • Completion and final defense of a thesis or non-thesis portfolio

For more information, please review the Philosophy MA Handbook, 2017-2018 or the SHPRS Graduate Resources Website.

Prospective students are encouraged to correspond with faculty who share their interests and to visit campus. Talented students with strong interests in graduate study in philosophy are encouraged to apply whether or not they have an undergraduate degree in philosophy. Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A"€) in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program or a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A"€) in an applicable master's degree program.


Prospective students are encouraged to correspond with faculty who share their interests and to visit campus if interested.

Talented students with strong interests in graduate study in philosophy are encouraged to apply whether or not they have an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

  1. Online Electronic Application: Submit an online electronic application through Graduate Admissions and application fee.
  2. References: Applicants are required to submit a minimum of 3 email addresses from faculty or others qualified to speak of the applicant's suitability for graduate study in philosophy. References will be contacted by the University and asked to upload letters and evaluations online.
  3. GRE Scores: Official scores must be sent by ETS to ASU using the university code 4007 (department code can be left blank). Scores should be no more than 5 years old.
  4. Statement of Purpose: Applicants must include a statement of purpose discussing their specific intent in pursuing graduate studies in Philosophy. Statements should be no longer than 600 words.  
  5. Writing Sample: A sample of the applicant's written work should be submitted as part of the electronic application. The philosophy admissions committee prefers seminar papers or published articles to theses or dissertations. Writing samples should be no more than 20 pages.
  6. CV: Upload into online application.
  7. TranscriptsOfficial transcripts must be sent directly to Graduate Admission Services from the issuing institution(s).
  8. TOEFL: An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must follow Graduate Admission guidelines for demonstrating English language proficiency. TOEFL scores should be sent electronically from ETS (Educational Testing Services) to ASU. The philosophy program requires an iBT TOEFL score of at least 80 or a PBT TOEFL scores of at least 550.

 All uploads must be in either doc or pdf format.

Admission FAQs

MA Placement of Philosophy Graduate Students



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Thomas Zimmerman University of Kansas MA program Higher Education

Lauren Sweetland University of Nebraska PHD program



Paul Henne Duke University PHD program in Philosophy

Hyungrae Noh University of Iowa PHD program in Philosophy

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Joe Shin University of Michigan PHD program in Philosophy



Kurt Blankschaen, Adjunct in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Gateway Community College. University of Kansas PHD program in philosophy

Christoforos Loannidis King's College London School of Law, PHD program 



Mark Balok, Yavapai Community College -  Associate Professor            

Cindy D'Angelo

Sean Gallagher                                 

Joseph Hedger, Syracuse University - PhD Student   

Gregory Malloy                   



Joel Dendiu                        

Steve Elliott, ASU Center for Biology and Society - PhD Student            

Michael Gifford, SUNY, Buffalo - PhD Student



Frank Schwartz                  

Ian Vandeventer                

Andrew White                      



Bach Ho, University of California Riverside -  PhD Student      

Bria Fiala, University of Arizona - PhD Student                                                            

Cecilea Mun, Arizona State University - PhD Student

Scott Scheall, Arizona State University - PhD Student

Stephen Kolaga

June Wagner



Christopher Burell,  Arizona State University - PhD Student     

Darin Harootunian, Arizona State University - PhD Student      

Gerald Marsh, University of Texas, Austin - PhD Student          

Matthew Tipping, University of Chicago, Dept. of Social Sciences - PhD Student               

Michael Mutalipassi, University of California, Hastings -  Law Student  



Matthew Cooper, Arizona State University - PhD Student

Nora Byrne                         

David Wendt                       



Mark Budolfson, Princeton - PhD Student     

Nick Kroll, Cornell University - PhD Student 

Stephen Nelson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - PhD Student     

John Nicholson, Arizona Corporation Commission, Securities Division



Charles Kurth, University of California, San Diego - PhD Student           

John Stopple, University of California, Irvine - PhD Student     

Paulina Turetskaya, University of California, Riverside -  PhD Student  

Eric Bailey, Michigan Law, Law Student (transferred)

Justin Klocksiem, University of Massachusetts, Amherst - PhD Student (transferred)        

Philip Robichaud Rice University - PhD Student(transferred)   



Ross Astoria, Berkeley (Law), Law Student  

Claudia Bachman              

Shawn Klein, Arizona State University - PhD Student

Joseph Sophy, University of California, Irvine  - PhD Student  

Rodney Zeibig                    



Owen Anderson, Arizona State University - PhD Student          

Jason Decker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - PhD Student     

Grant Dowell, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - PhD Student  

Rodney Gomez, Rice University - PhD Student           

Leonard Kahn, University of California, Irvine - PhD Student   

Craig LaChance, University of Arizona - Law Student               

Kevin Turgeon, University of Nebraska, Omaha - Medical Student         



Herbert Hilbig, Empresarial University of Costa Rica  - PhD Student      

Sandra Woien, Arizona State University - PhD Student

Arthur Humbert   

Brent Neas, Cornell University - PhD Student (transferred)        



John Browder, Arizona State University - Law Student              

Eric Bull, Arizona State University - Law Student         

Jason Eberl, Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis -  Assistant Professor 

Jan-Erik Jones, Southern Virginia University - Assistant Professor         



Kent Van Cleave, Indiana University - PhD Student   



Elaine Yoshikawa, Arizona State University - PhD Student       

David Sundahl, Harvard University - PhD Student  (transferred)             

Eric Volkert, Columbia (Law) - PhD Student  (transferred)        

Tod Monroe



David Denman, University of California, Davis - PhD Student 

Jeffery Mehrens, Arizona State University - Law Student          

Sean O'Connor, Stanford, Law Student, University of Washington - Associate Professor  

Joel Press, University of Arizona - PhD Student          

David Walick



William Payne, University of California, Davis, PhD Student 

Degree Offered

Philosophy, MA
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

February 15 and May 1

Financing Your Education

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