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Philosophy

Program Summary

The Master of Arts in philosophy is a program that strengthens your understanding of the core areas of contemporary analytical philosophy as it relates to humans, the world and society. You will develop critical thinking and writing skills while improving your research and leadership skills, preparing you for advanced work as a teacher, in a research field or for further study in a doctoral program.

Graduate Catalog Program Information

Program-Specific Admission Information and Requirements

Affiliated College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree(s) Offered: M.A. in Philosophy

Area(s) of Emphasis:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Political Philosophy

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Letters of Recommendation: 2

University Requirements

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadline below to ensure priority consideration.

Internationals Living Abroad Applicants Residing in the U.S. Priority Consideration
Fall May 1 July 15 January 15
Spring October 1 December 10
Summer June 1

For More Information

Department of Philosophy
Zulauf Hall 915
Program website
philosophy@niu.edu
815-753-0331

Director of Graduate Studies
Lenny Clapp
lclapp@niu.edu 
815-753-6414

Application Contact
Jonie Barshinger
jonie@niu.edu
815-753-0333

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