Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in Philosophy

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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 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.

Please Note: Submit your online application after uploading all of the requirements above. After your application is submitted and reviewed, you will receive instructions on how to submit the following required item:

  • Writing sample (uploaded online).

Applicants with international academic credentials should:

  • review Mason's International Transcript Guidelines to determine exactly which documents you must submit
  • upload the Acknowledgement of International Graduate Transcript Policies form linked in the online application to fulfill the transcript requirement section of the application

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 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.

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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