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Master's in Philosophy 

The Oklahoma State University Department of Philosophy aims to provide a broad philosophical education for our graduate students through diverse perspectives and specializations. Subject areas taught include ethics, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science broadly construed, epistemology, Asian philosophy, feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, logic and philosophy of language. We maintain a small, intimate graduate program that enables one-on-one mentoring. Various tracks and final project options are available to MA students depending on your career aspirations. Our goal is to prepare you for PhD programs in philosophy and to provide information and guidance to those who want to work outside of academia.


  • Thesis option: 30 credit hours total, with 6 for thesis research
  • Report option: 32 credit hours total
  • Creative Component option: 32 credit hours total
  • Degree requirements include Symbolic Logic, Ancient or Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Pre-Twentieth Century History of Philosophy, Contemporary Ethical Theory or Topics in Ethical Theory


Go on to PhD programs and diverse employment in academia and industry.


Research and Faculty

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The Ethics Center on campus gives you the opportunity to work with professional ethicists, faculty, fellow students and the general public, providing an environment to analyze and review relevant topics in the field.



  • 24 undergraduate credit hours (at least 18 upper-division level) in philosophy, including courses in history of ancient philosophy, history of 17th and 18th century philosophy, and logic
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Sample of written work (philosophy paper preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation

*Note that otherwise admissible students without the undergraduate prerequisite courses listed above may be granted qualified or provisional status until the prerequisites are satisfied.


Test Scores:

GRE preferred but not required


Application Deadlines:

February 28 (Fall admission, full consideration for assistantship)


Cost & Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantship positions are available to assist with the costs of graduate study.



Assistantships and Scholarships

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