Application Deadlines

Fall – April 1 (February 1 for fellowship consideration)

Spring – October 1

Summer – March 1

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The GW Department of Philosophy is hosting small, informal webinars for students interested in earning an MA in Philosophy and Social Policy. At these sessions, current faculty members will discuss prerequisites for admission, career opportunities and coursework, and current students will share their own experiences in the program. Ample time will also be reserved for Q&A.  Please e-mail Dr. Saidel with any questions.

MA in Philosophy

Master of Arts in the field of philosophy

The new Master of Arts in Philosophy develops the critical thinking, close reading, persuasive writing and oral communication skills needed for success in a doctoral program or teaching career. Graduates from this degree track may go on to obtain their PhD in Philosophy or a related field, such as political theory, biomedical ethics and gender studies. Others draw upon philosophical knowledge to teach at secondary or two-year college levels, or pursue careersin private, government and nonprofit sectors.

Unlike other programs, this degree includes modern analytical curriculum in addition to the more traditional study of historical texts and scholarship. Students can expect to gain a distinct education across a variety of courses. Classes such as “Animal Ethics,” “Moral Status,” and “Queer(ing) Philosophy” teach the practical applications of philosophy and schools of thought on contemporary issues, while “Advanced Logic” and “Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence” develop knowledge in the areas of logic and science. Students also have the option of taking Philosophy and Social Policy courses as electives to enhance their understanding of the practical applications of philosophy for contemporary issues.

A limited number of partial tuition fellowships and paid assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with financial aid priority given to those received by February 1. Please contact Dr. Laura Papish,  Director of Graduate Studies, for more information. For further information about the admissions process, visit the CCAS Frequently Asked Questions webpage, or contact an admissions officer at [email protected] and 202-994-6210.


The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

30 credits in philosophy coursework at the 6000 level. A thesis option is available at the discretion of the faculty; if this option is approved, the student's program of study must include 3 credits in PHIL 6998, Thesis Research.

One of the following:
PHIL 6211Topics in the History of Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 6212Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy
For thesis option:
PHIL 6998Thesis Research
Remaining coursework is selected in consultation with the advisor.