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Master's in Philosophy 

Graduate study within the Department of Philosophy offers a broad range of specialization. As a Master's of Philosophy student, you will work in small, discussion-heavy seminar classes with leading scholars in their respective fields. In consultation with your advisory committee—made up of nationally and internationally recognized faculty members—you will devise an individualized curriculum that reflects your own intellectual interests and prepares you either to enter a Ph.D. program or to meet other professional goals.


  • Thesis option: 30 credit hours total, with six 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


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Graduate Teaching Assistantships available

All admitted students typically are offered Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs):

  • Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) currently receive a $17,210 stipend per year for two years, in addition to a full tuition waiver.
  • GTAs have teaching responsibilities, which include grading and leading discussion sections (one course per semester).
  • GTAs have access to a personal computer and private space in a shared office.
  • Financial assistance is available for Ph.D. program application fees (typically five applications are covered per student).
  • There are also opportunities for conference travel funding.

Admissions Requirements

  • Transcripts

  • Statement of purpose

  • Sample of written work (philosophy paper preferred)

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • GRE optional

Application Deadlines:

February 28 (fall admission, full consideration for assistantship)


Application Fee Waiver:

  • The Graduate College charges an application fee for all applications to graduate programs at OSU.
  • The Philosophy Department provides a limited number of fee waivers for applicants who consider themselves to be in financial need.
  • To be eligible for consideration for the fee waiver, please send a writing sample to with the subject heading ‘M.A. Fee Waiver’ by January 1.
  • If there are more requests for waivers than funds permit, waivers will be allocated on the basis of writing sample quality.
  • Acceptance to the program is independent of the fee waiver. All applicants must submit a full application (by February 28, see above), regardless of the success of their waiver request.
  • Note. The Graduate College has a fee waiver program for OSU students/alumni and military personnel.

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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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