Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
The Department of Philosophy's M.A. program is one of the top terminal M.A. programs in philosophy in the United States. We offer core graduate training in philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition, with particular strengths in the history and philosophy of science and in ethics, social and political philosophy. Many of our students enter with the intention of enriching their philosophical background and then going on to Ph.D. studies elsewhere.
The Department of Philosophy has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application. No separate application required.
Priority deadline: February 1 for consideration for funding
Final deadline: February 1
M.A. in Philosophy Graduates Placement
Since 1995, over 120 students have graduated with an M.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Tech. Approximately 90% of the students who have applied to Ph.D. programs have been admitted with funding. We have placed students in a number of leading philosophy Ph.D. programs, including Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Indiana, Duke, Arizona, Brown, Notre Dame, Toronto, UC San Diego, University of California at Irvine, and Rutgers.
Students who do not wish to study Philosophy at a doctoral level have been successful in pursuing other careers, in other academic disciplines (Anthropology, Public Policy, and English, for instance), and outside the academy in the public and private sector (in computer-related fields, education, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), among others). We are proud of our placement record for both groups of students.
Acceptances are to Philosophy Ph.D. programs with funding unless noted. Beginning 2012 (and in some cases 2011), we record every program into which the applicant was admitted. Before that, we recorded only the program in which the applicant enrolled.
Graduate Philosophy Club
The Graduate Students have a Graduate Philosophy Club, which sponsors an annual national graduate conference. The conference features a keynote address by a prominent scholar and graduate presenters from Ph.D. programs across the country.
The Department of Philosophy sponsors a regular colloquium series throughout the year, combining internal and external speakers, at least some of whom coordinate with one or more graduate seminars currently being offered.
The faculty also sponsor an annual conference, bringing in speakers from around the country and often from abroad as well.
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
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