Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in Philosophy

Application Requirements

All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the Admission chapter of the University Catalog.

Applicants to the MA in philosophy must submit

  • Completed Application for Graduate Study (online).
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Virginia In-State Tuition Rates Application if claiming entitlement to these rates.
  • Unofficial copies of transcript(s) from previous domestic institution(s) attended (uploaded via online application).
  • Goals statement (uploaded via online application) that gives the student's goals in pursuing the degree.
  • Resume or CV (uploaded via online application).
  • The names and email addresses (via the online application) of the three individuals who will be submitting the required letters of recommendation.

After your application is submitted and reviewed, you will receive instructions on how to submit the following required item:

  • Writing sample (uploaded online). The writing sample should be 1500-2500 words in length. It must show evidence of the applicant's ability at analysis, reasoning, and argument. If possible, it should engage with philosophical texts. A paper that shows ability to conduct research and to engage critically and constructively with primary and secondary sources is a plus.

Applicants with international academic credentials should:

NOTE: Applicants may supply an official international transcript evaluation from an independent evaluation agency approved by NACES or AACRAO. The WES-ICAP evaluation service includes verified academic credentials as part of the evaluation package. If you prefer to have Mason evaluate your international transcripts, you should apply 45 days before the posted deadline date.

  • provide proof of English proficiency: either TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. Please refer to the university’s English Proficiency Standards
  • submit your official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions either via postal mail or in-person to:

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8
245 Johnson Center
Fairfax, VA  22030

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at masongrad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-9700.

Additional Information

GRE scores are optional. GRE scores are recommended for those students planning to go on to pursue a PhD in philosophy.

Applicants to the MA program in PHIL, including all concentrations, must have completed certain undergraduate preparation coursework with grades of B or higher in each course.

For the MA with Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy focus, these courses are:

  • 1 one-semester course in ancient Western (Greek, Roman) philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 301); plus one 1-semester course in modern Western philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 303); plus 1 one-semester course in logic (GMU equivalent: PHIL 173 or PHIL 376).

For the MA with concentration in Philosophy and Cultural Theory, these courses are:

  • 1 one-semester course in ancient Western (Greek, Roman) philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 301); plus 1 one-semester course in modern Western philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 303); plus 1 one-semester course in logic (GMU equivalent: PHIL 173 or PHIL 376).

For the MA with concentration in Ethics and Public Affairs, these courses are:

  • 1 one-semester course in logic (GMU equivalent: PHIL 173 or PHIL 376); plus EITHER 1 one-semester course in ancient Western (Greek, Roman) philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 301) OR 1 one-semester course in modern Western philosophy (GMU equivalent: PHIL 303).

An applicant with a baccalaureate degree who has not met all admission requirements may, at the discretion of the department, be offered provisional admission if sufficient evidence is presented to suggest the applicant has the ability to pursue graduate work.

Under an offer of provisional admission, the preparation coursework must be completed by the time the student has completed 12 credits of MA coursework; and the preparation coursework must be completed with a grade of B or higher in each course. If the student does not complete the preparation coursework with grades of B or higher in each course within the time of completion of the first 12 credits of graduate study, the student will be terminated from the program.  For more information on provisional admission please refer to Graduate Admission Policies.

 

 

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: March 01

Spring Deadline: November 01

All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documents by the program's posted deadline date.

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