Master of Arts Program

MA Program Chart

Why Pursue MA Studies in Philosophy at Marquette?

We offer two specializations in our master of arts program, Social Applied Philosophy and History of Philosophy.

Social Applied Philosophy

  • Study in a 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

History of Philosophy

  • 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 PhD programs


MA Requirements

For an extensive philosophy master's course work guide, please visit the Marquette Bulletin.

BA/MA Program

The MA 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 two to three strong competitive applicants.