Degrees Offered

Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy


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

Program Description

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.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • 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 (General Test only).
  • A sample of philosophical writing.
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Application Deadline

February 15 for the following fall term. Applications for admission received after this date will be considered as space permits.

Financial Aid

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.