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The Philosophy Department provides excellent training in both research and teaching. The nationally and internationally renowned faculty have expertise in the core areas of philosophy, with particular strength in epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind and political philosophy, and also in various specialties; these include philosophy of biology, Asian philosophy, experimental philosophy, and the foundations of decision and game theory. With 15 full time faculty and around 25 graduate students, we offer a supportive community for pursuit of the MA and the PhD, with a broad range of courses, rigorous training, attentive, high-quality advising, the opportunity to develop a professional network through our series of colloquia and conferences, and help in every aspect of job seeking. We give students the advice and support they need to present their work at regional and national conferences, and to publish in professional journals, before they begin to look for jobs. We also give our students extensive training and experience in teaching, including assistantships with award-winning teachers.

Degrees Offered


On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 20

  • Average GPA in the major: 3.9

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Average GRE Scores (GRE scores are optional)

Test Type  Verbal  Quantitative
GRE 163 155

Although we award an MA degree, we admit students to our PhD program only (with the MA obtained in the process). Any unusual circumstances regarding failure to meet the minimum requirements should be called to the attention of the director of graduate admissions.

Eligibility for any graduate work in philosophy requires the equivalent of the following six undergraduate courses in philosophy: formal logic, ethics, ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics.

Deficiencies may be made up after the student is enrolled at MU.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Philosophy Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation (submission through the online application system)
  • Statement of interest (upload to the online application)
  • Writing sample (upload to the online application)
  • Resume/CV (upload to the online application)
  • Departmental application (built into the Graduate School online application)
  • GRE score report: MU’s school code is 6875; philosophy’s department code is 2801 (GRE scores are optional)
  • TOEFL score: MU’s school code is 6875; philosophy’s department code is 2801 (International applicants only)