Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Whether you want to prepare to enter a doctoral program or simply deepen your knowledge of philosophy, our master’s program in philosophy will give you a solid grounding in the key areas of the discipline. Our program is ranked among the best in the country, and the remarkable success of our graduates in entering top doctoral programs supports that. We offer strengths in metaphysics and epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, history of modern philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy and gender, and philosophy of law.

Your training in philosophy will prepare you to apply to the most rigorous PhD programs in the country and will prove equally valuable if you choose another profession. The ability to reason, analyze and communicate is highly desirable in business, economics, law, medicine, publishing, divinity — almost any career path you choose.

You’ll work closely with distinguished scholars who are also gifted teachers dedicated to your success — and you’ll chose one of them to guide your master’s thesis work and serve as your mentor. You’ll also be enriched by the interdisciplinarity of the Brandeis education, taking courses taught by faculty from other departments. Our department hosts a colloquium series and speakers from around the country, so you can keep up with the debates currently animating the field and be part of the conversation. What’s more, you’ll have many occasions to present recent work to your peers.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the Philosophy department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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