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Why Pursue Ph.D. Studies in Philosophy at Marquette?                                   



Requirements for the Ph.D.: 60 hours required: 48 credits in course work + 12 credits for the Dissertation.  Complete details are here: PhD Requirements


Why Pursue M.A. Studies in Philosophy at Marquette?

Obtain one of few MAs in the history of philosophy in the U.S.

Study a unique curriculum that integrates strong grounding in history with current debates in ethics, social philosophy, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, etc.

Benefit from good placement record into funded Ph.D. programs

Study in program designed for students with academic or non-academic career interests or professional development

Develop critical thinking, argumentation, analysis and writing skills for scholarship or employment in ethics and/or social justice areas

Foster interdisciplinary interests (at least 2 cognate courses in other disciplines required) and community engaged research.

Consider pursuing the SOAP MA as a Trinity Fellow

The MA can be completed in two years. 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. Requirements for the MA are here: MA Requirements

 Career Opportunities in Philosophy                                                                 

While university and college careers in teaching and research are the traditional paths for Ph.D. students, there are a wide range of non-academic careers for both Ph.D. and M.A. students.  For more information check out:

Beyond Academia

Philosophers Who Have Found Success Outside Academia

You can find information about our placement service here.

Our Ph.D. students have a very good placement record in academic positions including: Molloy College (New York), Canisius College (New York), Creighton University (Nebraska), Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile, Mumbay Institute of Technology, India.

Our Ph.D. and M.A students have been successful in obtaining non-academic positions in a variety of careers including: Librarian, Chief of Research and Development (Leadership Ecademy), Paralegal, Chief of Staff (City Year Milwaukee), Client Side Developer (Flextrade), Software Developer (Digital Measures), Ethics and Compliance Manager (Oshkosh Corporation), Senior Content Marketing Manager (Sojern).

Graduate Student Research

For a list of the broad array of interests reflected in dissertations, conference presentations, and publications, check out: Graduate Student Achievements.

Recent Dissertations:

Chad Kleist, Developing Capabilities: A Feminist Discourse Ethics Approach

Catlyn Origitano, Moral Imagination and Adorno: Before and After Auschwitz

Matthew Nowachek, Living Within the Sacred Tension: Paradox and its Significance for Christian Existence in the Thoughts of Søren Kierkegaard

Kimberly Engels,The Social: A Historical Subject in Sartre and Foucault and its implications for Healthcare Ethics

Matthew Peters, Hegel and the Problem of Philosophical Disagreement

Dale Hobbs, Investigations of Worth: Towards a Phenomenology of Values

Nathan Blackerby, Contextualizing Aquinas’s Ontology of Soul: An Analysis of His Arabic and Neoplatonic Sources

Traci Phillipson Aquinas, Averroes and the Human Will

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