Philosophy

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Application

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.
  • One official transcript from all previous institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Admissions Office or, if an official electronic transcript, to Mason’s official email address for transcript receipt. Official Transcripts.
  • Goals statement that gives the student's goals in pursuing the degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Writing sample.
  • Resume.

Applicants with international academic credentials should apply 30 days before the program deadline and must also provide

  • Proof of English proficiency: either TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. Please refer to the university’s English Proficiency standard.
  • Degree certificates, diplomas, or additional transcript documentation as outlined in the university’s International Transcript Submission Guidelines
  • 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.

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 with a focus in traditional and contemporary philosophy and the concentration in philosophy and cultural theory whose records are otherwise strong but who have not completed at least one undergraduate course in each of three core areas (logic, ancient philosophy, and modern philosophy) are expected to complete these courses before a final admission decision can be made.

Applicants to the concentration in ethics and public affairs whose records are otherwise strong but who have not completed at least one undergraduate course in each of two core areas (logic and either ancient or modern philosophy) are expected to complete these courses before a final admission decision can be made.

Upon completion of this course work, the program will re-open the application for admission at the applicant’s request. If the course work is completed within the next academic year, the application for admission will be re-opened without requiring an additional application fee.

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