Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus            

Instructions: Residential/On Campus                                             

Gain a broad grounding in the history of philosophy, in the analytic tradition in metaphysics and epistemology, and in ethics and value theory, including political philosophy. Our program also has a traditional and ongoing strength in the history and philosophy of science. 

120 M.A. degrees awarded since 1995
1.6/1 Students Faculty
2 Years (Typical time to degree)
9 Students (Average class size)
What Is a Master of Arts in Philosophy?

The two year MA program is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in Philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition. It is well suited to students with a variety of interests: many transfer to a Ph.D. program in philosophy after obtaining the MA, but others go on to further studies in other areas of academia or in law, and others seek to broaden their liberal education through advanced study.

 

Why Study Master of Arts in Philosophy Here?

Virginia Tech's M.A. program provides a broad grounding in the history of philosophy, in the analytic tradition in metaphysics and epistemology, and in ethics and value theory, including political philosophy. Our program also has a traditional and ongoing strength in the history and philosophy of science. 

What Our Students Are Saying

"I have always loved riddles and puzzles and I first got into philosophy because I felt like dealing with the philosophic issues was similar to a conceptual puzzle​.​ B​ut then I realized that these "puzzles" in philosophy were also deeply important matters. So, while I first got into philosophy due to the challenge and the chance to become better at thinking analytically, I soon realized that I wasn't just trying to solve meaningless puzzles​,​ but instead I was embarking on an endeavor with my fellow students and our professors to understand the world around us. Furthermore, the philosophy professors here at Virginia Tech are amazing. They are all producing insightful and leading research in their areas and, at the same time, they are also great teachers who really care about their students. If you can take a philosophy class I highly recommend it!" 

Philosophy M.A. Student

"Philosophy is a unique subject in that it teaches critical thinking and questioning skills applicable to any field. Whether you are interested in the sciences, arts, or liberal arts, philosophy can and will encourage you to appreciate and investigate your interests at a whole new level. Philosophy is essential for the true interdisciplinary student."

Philosophy M.A. Student

“The almost frenetic pace of technological advancement seems to focus on the question “Can we do this?” often without asking “Should we do this?”.  The philosophy department at Virginia Tech expertly blends distinguished emphases on the philosophy of science and metaphysical inquiry with a persistent and dedicated focus on related ethical and meta-ethical questions.  The breadth of expertise and quality of instruction displayed by the faculty are simply outstanding!”

Philosophy M.A. Student

"I wanted to study philosophy in order to sharpen my ability to think well and then to use that skill in asking life's biggest questions. I am getting to do both at Virginia Tech."

Philosophy M.A. Student
Related Programs

M.A. Students Research Highlights

"Graduate Conferences"

Each year, the graduate students of the Department of Philosophy host a graduate conference at Virginia Tech. They have broad range of topics such as Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Moral Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy of Science etc. and keynote speakers from very diverse backgrounds. 

Colloquia (Graduate Conference Keynote Lectures)

Each semester students have conference keynote lectures including department talks, philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) talk series with wide range of topics like computational models of holistic inference, cyberwarfare: conflict and control in a computerized world, constructing distributive justice, institutional moral reasoning and secession.

Interested in gaining broad grounding in the history of philosophy, in the analytic tradition in metaphysics and epistemology, and in ethics and value theory, including political philosophy?


Prospective and current students, please email Lydia Patton at critique@vt.edu 

Visit our office at 229 Major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger Street , Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Application Deadline

The deadline for an application with full funding for fall 2017 is February 1, for both domestic and international applicants. 

CONTACT US

Lydia Patton ,Graduate Program Director
231 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
critique@vt.edu