Fall – April 1 (February 1 for fellowship consideration)
Spring – October 1
Summer – March 1
Attend an Info Session
The GW Department of Philosophy is hosting small, informal information sessions for students interested in earning either an MA in Philosophy or 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. Papish with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If interested, please register for either the online or in-person session on the date of your choice. We look forward to meeting you!
Stay tuned for information on upcoming information sessions.
MA in Philosophy and Social Policy
The interdisciplinary MA Program in Philosophy and Social Policy offers students some specially-focused coursework in philosophy while helping them learn to apply insights from philosophy to problems of public policy. This distinguishes us from most policy programs, which usually prepare their students mainly to be quantitative analysts.
Full-time and part-time curriculum are available. Students enter the program from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
Graduates go on to policy-related positions within government agencies (e.g., Congressional Research Service and U.S. Department of Labor), "think tanks," lobbying groups and nonprofits. View the Recent MA Graduates section for more information about the successes of our alumni.
The Philosophy and Social Policy Program has been offered continuously since the mid-1970s, when it was titled the MA in Special Studies. The Program is administered by a program committee within the Department of Philosophy. While we cooperate closely with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, we maintain our autonomy on curricular and admissions decisions.