Program Duration: 2 Years
Full-Time: Yes | Part-Time: Yes | Online Options: No
2020-21 Tuition Cost Per Credit for Master's Program: $500.00
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The philosophy master's program in the history of philosophy is 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.
MA Credit Hours
Years to Complete
Full-time, Part-time Options
The Graduate School is providing a new tuition model for all incoming students in humanities graduate programs for Fall 2020. Take advantage of our three-year pilot program, which includes a 57-percent reduction in the student credit hour rate, resulting in a $500 per credit hour rate for students in the following master of arts programs: Christian Doctrine, English, History, Theology and Philosophy.
While university and college careers in teaching and research are the traditional paths for PhD students, there are a wide range of non-academic careers for both PhD and MA students. For more information check out:
Our M.A students have been successful in obtaining non-academic positions in a variety of careers including:
Earn a Bachelors and Master's in Philosophy in Five Years
The Master of Arts in Philosophy can be completed in two years with our Accelerated Degree Program. Marquette Philosophy majors can complete the MA as part of the five-year advanced BA/MA program. Partial tuition support is available each year for 2-3 strong competitive applicants.
10 Advantages Marquette Graduate School Offers
1. A firm grounding in the history of philosophy and the history and theory of ethics.
2. Graduate-level courses taught by highly qualified professionals in a range of academic disciplines.
3. A customized course of study.
4. Flexibility to move through the specialization on a full- or part-time basis.
5. Evening and late afternoon classes.
6. A stepping stone for possible further study leading to a PhD in Social and Applied Philosophy.
7. The Catholic, Jesuit tradition of Marquette.
8. One of the five largest philosophy faculties in the United States.
9. A unique MA Specialization in Social and Applied Philosophy in the Great Lakes area.
10. The "hands-on" experience of an internship.
Learn more about Marquette's philosophy graduate program.
Rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
Fall term - August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
Spring term - December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)
Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year.
Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
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.
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.