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Philosophy Master's and Ph.D. Programs
The Philosophy Department's master's program in the history of philosophy and the doctoral program are based on the history of philosophy, ancient through contemporary, as the necessary experience for a mind critically able to face contemporary philosophical issues. The master's program in social and applied philosophy provides rigorous philosophical training for individuals who are interested in working in a variety of non-academic contexts or for pursuing further graduate studies.
Master’s: History of Philosophy, Social and Applied Philosophy
Doctoral: Ancient Philosophy, British Empiricism/Analytical Philosophy, Christian Philosophy, Early Modern European Philosophy, Ethics, German Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Phenomenology-Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion
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Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee A completed online application form and fee.
- Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
- A statement of purpose outlining applicant's achievements and intentions in philosophy.
- Letters of recommendation from at least three professors or professionals familiar with applicant’s academic work and/or academic background.
- GRE scores scores (General Test only).
- A sample of philosophical writing.
- For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
February 15 for the following fall term. Applications for admission received after this date will be considered as space permits.
Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.
Trinity Fellows Program
Students interested in the Philosophy graduate programs may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.