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Philosophy (M.A.)

Program Overview

The Department of Philosophy's M.A. program is one of the top terminal M.A. programs in philosophy in the United States. Our faculty offer core graduate training in philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition, with particular strengths in the history of philosophy, value theory, and philosophy of science. Emerging areas of strength include core analytic philosophy (e.g. metaphysics and philosophy of language) and environmental philosophy. Many of our students enter with the intention of enriching their philosophical background and then going on to Ph.D. studies in philosophy elsewhere.

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (4 Scale)
  • GRE is not required
  • TOEFL/ IELTS (if applicable)

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  • The Department of Philosophy awards between four and five graduate teaching assistantships each year. These provide in- and out-of-state tuition remission (except for fees), and a stipend of about $18,500 per year. This is currently one of the best financial packages offered by any MA program in philosophy in the United States—see here for more details.
  • Students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application; no separate application is required. 
  • Tuition and fees

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Kelly Trogdon, Director of Graduate Studies
223 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061