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Why Pursue an MA in Philosophy?

The program’s course sequence gives students a background in philosophy while honing philosophical skills including rigorous thinking, the ability to give coherent arguments, and communicating reasoned arguments clearly and compellingly. The MA in Philosophy prepares students for competitive admission and success in top PhD or JD programs across the country. The program also provides preparation for success in leadership, scholarship, and creative endeavors in the public and private sector.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Philosophy (MA)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Philosophy (MA)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority March 15 September 15 Not Available
International June 1 November 1
Domestic July 1 November 1

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


  • Thesis or internship track available
  • Brackenridge Philosophy Symposia
  • UTSA faculty publish regularly in leading journals, present at a variety of conferences, and have received the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards for Research and Teaching Excellence and an NEH Fellowship.
Joshua Thurow

Graduate Advisor of Record

Joshua Thurow, PhD

210-458-5352

joshua.thurow@utsa.edu