Master's in Philosophy

Accomplished philosophers are developed here

The philosophy master's program in the history of philosophy is based on the history of philosophy, ancient through contemporary, as the necessary experience for a mind critically able to face contemporary philosophical issues.

The master's program in social and applied philosophy provides rigorous philosophical training for individuals who are interested in working in a variety of non-academic contexts or for pursuing further graduate studies.



MA Credit Hours


Years to Complete


Full-time, Part-time Options







Graduate education in the humanities is affordable

The Graduate School is excited to offer all students in humanities graduate programs a $500 per credit hour rate. Take advantage of this nearly 60-percent tuition reduction in the following master of arts programs: EnglishHistoryTheology and Philosophy. This competitive rate reflects Marquette’s commitment to the humanities, which are at the heart of our Catholic, Jesuit tradition.


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Choose one of two specializations in our the master of arts program, social applied philosophy and history of philosophy.

Social Applied Philosophy

  • Study in a program designed for students with academic or non-academic career interests or professional development.
  • Develop critical thinking, argumentation, analysis and writing skills for scholarship or employment in ethics and/or social justice areas.
  • Foster interdisciplinary interests (at least 2 cognate courses in other disciplines required) and community engaged research.
  • Consider pursuing your MA as a Trinity Fellow.

History of Philosophy

  • Obtain one of few MAs in the history of philosophy in the U.S.
  • Study a unique curriculum that integrates strong grounding in history with current debates in ethics, social philosophy, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, etc.
  • Benefit from good placement record into funded PhD programs







Career Opportunities

While university and college careers in teaching and research are the traditional paths for PhD students, there are a wide range of non-academic careers for both PhD and MA students.  For more information check out:

Our M.A students have been successful in obtaining non-academic positions in a variety of careers including:

  • Librarian
  • Chief of Research and Development (Leadership Academy)
  • Paralegal
  • Chief of Staff (City Year Milwaukee)
  • Client Side Developer (Flextrade)
  • Software Developer (Digital Measures)
  • Ethics and Compliance Manager (Oshkosh Corporation)
  • Senior Content Marketing Manager (Sojern)

Earn a Bachelors and Master's in Philosophy in Five Years 

The Master of Arts in Philosophy can be completed in two years with our Accelerated Degree Program. Marquette Philosophy majors can complete the MA as part of the five-year advanced BA/MA program. Partial tuition support is available each year for 2-3 strong competitive applicants.

10 Advantages Marquette Graduate School Offers

1. A firm grounding in the history of philosophy and the history and theory of ethics.

2. Graduate-level courses taught by highly qualified professionals in a range of academic disciplines.

3. A customized course of study.

4. Flexibility to move through the specialization on a full- or part-time basis.

5. Evening and late afternoon classes.

6. A stepping stone for possible further study leading to a PhD in Social and Applied Philosophy.

7. The Catholic, Jesuit tradition of Marquette.

8. One of the five largest philosophy faculties in the United States.

9. A unique MA Specialization in Social and Applied Philosophy in the Great Lakes area.

10. The "hands-on" experience of an internship.

Take the next step towards your future

Learn more about Marquette's philosophy graduate program.


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Application Deadline

Rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term - August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)

  • Spring term - December 15 (October 1 for international applicants)

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year.


Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed online application form and fee.
  • Copies of current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.1
  • A statement of purpose outlining applicant's achievements and intentions in philosophy.
  • Letters of recommendation from at least three professors or professionals familiar with applicant’s academic work and/or academic background.
  • A sample of philosophical writing. The sample should be between 15-25 pages long and should be philosophical in nature. It should demonstrate your skills in correct citation and bibliography as well as your philosophical acumen in reasoning (as in reconstructing an argument, for example).
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.

Financial Aid

Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Trinity Fellows Program

Students interested in the Philosophy graduate programs may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.