College of Liberal and Fine Arts

M.A. in Philosophy

Master of Arts in Philosophy

The Master of Arts degree in Philosophy offers students the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of the core areas of analytic and con-tinental philosophy, to develop ethical reasoning, critical thinking, and research skills, and to prepare and increase competitive ability for admission and success in Ph.D. or J.D. programs. UTSA philosophy students have secured admission into the top law school and philosophy graduate programs in the country. Our students benefit from a diverse curriculum, flexible course requirements, and the ability to choose either a thesis or internship track toward completion of the MA. Finally, our students engage with world-renowned philosophers at our an-nual Brackenridge Philosophy Symposia.


To qualify for unconditional admission, applicants must satisfy University-wide and College-wide graduate admission requirements, and be recommended for admission by the Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee. In addition to submitting all University required applica-tion materials (e.g., application form, official transcripts), applicants must include: 1) a 500-word statement describing the applicant’s com-mitment to pursuing the MA in Philosophy, and how the MA in Philosophy will advance the applicant’s personal and professional goals, and 2) two letters of recommendation, which specifically address academic qualifications and potential for graduate study. Finally, we strongly recommend including a writing sample that demonstrates your philosophical writing ability. Please visit the Graduate School website for more information. All applications must be submitted by June 15th, however, to guarantee consideration for available funding submit your application by the priorty deadline March 15th.

All students will take PHI 5033: Philosophical Writing and Research and either PHI 5003: Logic or PHI 5013: Advanced Logic during their first year. Prior to declaring the thesis or internship track, all students will take one comprehensive exam. Thesis students will take a minimum of 30 semester hours, and internship students will take a minimum of 33 semester hours.

Financial Support

All Philosophy MA students in good standing can compete for Research and Teaching Assistantships. For more information, see the Philosophy Graduate Handbook, or the Graduate School’s Financial Aid information.

Contact Us!

For further information, contact the Graduate Advisor of Record, Dr. Joshua Thurow (210.458.5352) or the Department Senior Administrator, Melanie Zulaica  at 210.458.6031 (




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