MA Program Selective Expansion

MA Program Selective Expansion

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York announces the selective expansion of its MA programs in philosophy. Our MA in Philosophy is designed to provide students with a general training in philosophical inquiry, while our MA Specialization in Ethics in Society offers a more focused degree specializing in moral, political, and social philosophy. Although the Philosophy Program at the Graduate Center does not offer fellowship support for MA students, our tuition rates are very reasonable, and the degree can be completed within three semesters. Our Masters students have the same choice of courses as our PhD students (with one exception, the first year pro-seminar for PhD students), and receive the same high level of instruction and faculty attention as PhD students. This includes the opportunity to take classes with the Distinguished Professors in the program, such as Sergei Artemov, Noël Carroll, Michael Devitt, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Carol Gould, Saul Kripke, Stephen Neale, Rohit Parikh, Graham Priest and Jesse Prinz, and also with the graduate faculty from the senior colleges, whose collective expertise covers about just about every area of philosophy. We offer over thirty different philosophy courses every academic year. Our program is based in the B. Altman Building, a designated landmark on Fifth Avenue, opposite the Empire State Building, a midtown base from which students can explore the extraordinary intellectual and cultural delights that New York City has to offer.

We invite interested students to visit the Graduate Center. We would be happy to meet with you and answer any programs you might have about the MA program. Although you can visit at any time, probably the best day to visit is Wednesday. We have a colloquium at 4:15 PM followed by wine and cheese, attended by faculty and students from institutions all over New York City. You might want to sit in on a class, or meet with individual members of the faculty or student body.

The requirements for our two MA Programs in Philosophy are as follows:

Students must follow a program of study approved by an advisor, including a minimum of nine graduate courses. There is no thesis or foreign language requirement.

For the regular MA in Philosophy, students are required to take one course from each of five groups:
Group A: metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of logic and mathematics.
Group B: epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of physics.
Group C: ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of law.
Group D: ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, modern philosophy.
Group E: logic.

Up to two courses may be taken in a related program. These courses must contribute to a coherent program and be approved by the Executive Officer. These distribution requirements may be modified for students pursuing an interdisciplinary program of study in philosophy and an allied discipline, for example classics, computer science, linguistics, or psychology.

For the MA with specialization in Ethics in Society, the courses must be distributed in the following manner: five courses in the area of ethics and society; one course in groups A or B or D or E. Up to three courses may be taken in a related program. These courses must contribute to a coherent program and must be approved by the Executive Officer.
No more than 12 credits may be transferred from other programs. No transfer credits will be approved until the student completes four courses with at least a B+ average. The Executive Officer will determine how many credits the student may transfer.