A Master of Arts in Philosophy at CGU gives you the rigorous reasoning and analytical skills that are the hallmark of all philosophical activity.
The MA program in Philosophy is ideal for students seeking to enhance their prospects of being accepted into competitive PhD programs in philosophy, as well as for those who wish to pursue careers with high demand for strong reasoning and analytical skills, including law, business, journalism, and more. Highly flexible curriculum accommodates your individual needs and goals, and you need not have majored in undergraduate philosophy to thrive in our program. We emphasize graduate-level research through our capstone writing project, which provides a solid foundation for a highly polished writing sample that may be used by those wishing to apply to PhD programs.
Our program is MA only, so our students receive more personalized attention than those at schools featuring PhD programs.
The abundant resources of The Claremont Colleges and other CGU departments mean that our curriculum rivals that of much larger philosophy departments.
Transdisciplinarity is a hallmark of CGU. Students are encouraged to enrich their curriculum by taking courses outside the Philosophy Department.
Our seminar-style classes rarely have more than 12 students.
MA Unit Requirements
First year pro-seminar.
Together with their academic advisor, each student works out a plan of study laying out their coursework during or before their first week at CGU.
At least 24 units must be philosophy courses.
Research Tool Requirement
Proficiency in logic.
One substantive research paper.
CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.
Once the priority deadlines have passed, the University will continue to review applications for qualified candidates on a competitive, space-available basis. The final deadlines listed are the last date the University can accept an application in order to allow sufficient time to complete the admissions, financial aid, and other enrollment processes.
FallPriority Deadline: February 1*
Final deadlines: July 1, 2016 (international applicants), August 15, 2016 (domestic applicants)
Spring 2017Priority Deadline: November 1, 2016
Final deadlines: November 1, 2016 (international applicants), January 1, 2017 (domestic applicants)
*some departments allow Summer term start dates--please use the Fall priority deadline for a Summer start
To apply to the Philosophy Program at Claremont Graduate University, please use the following link:
For more information on the Philosophy programs at CGU and how to apply, please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions for the School of Arts and Humanities via email or phone (909) 621-8612.
Institutional financial assistance is available in the form of fellowships. Applications submitted by February 1 have priority for the awarding of aid, although aid may be awarded to late applicants on the basis of available funds.
Federal aid, in the form of loans and work study, is awarded on the basis of financial need. In addition, students may actively seek opportunities for financial support which might be available to them from foundations and other institutions. For more information on funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities students, click here.
You may, also, contact the Office of Student Financing, Claremont Graduate University, 160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711, by telephone 909.621.8337, by fax: 909.607.7285, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Philosophy
School of Arts and Humanities
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Amy Sandefur, Assistant Director of Admissions