Ohio University

Philosophy Graduate Degree M.A.

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"After all, a philosopher must have a keen eye for the suspicious premise, the questionable inference, and the fallacious conclusion. I now realize that the pain of re-reading, reconsidering, and rewriting was a part of the process of developing into a philosopher,” says Eric Smaw ‘98M.A.

See "Smaw Says Philosopher Must Have Keen Eye for the Suspicious Premise." (Photo by Scott Cook, Rollins College)

Courses & Resources

Program Overview

Ohio University offers an M.A. philosophy program in the analytic tradition broadly construed. The program is structured to ensure that students pursue both a) coursework in a variety of the core subfields of philosophy and b) more specialized study culminating in a piece of original research in the master's thesis.

The department includes faculty with specialization in aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, history and philosophy of science (including philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of biology, and philosophy of physics), the history of philosophy (including ancient and modern), metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of religion, and social and political philosophy; thus, philosophy M.A. students at Ohio University have the opportunity to pursue in-depth research in any of these subfields.

The program also affords students the chance to develop as teachers of philosophy. Each year all M.A. students participate in a seminar designed to provide mentorship on teaching. Additionally, select students have the opportunity to teach introductory logic to Ohio University undergraduates. In the first year of the program these students run a recitation section for an introductory logic class taught by a full-time faculty member, and in the second year they have the chance to teach their own section of introductory logic.

Career Opportunities

The M.A. program in philosophy provides students with the foundation for doctoral studies in philosophy or other careers — such as law — where critical reasoning, writing and speaking skills are prized.

Placement Upon Completion of Degree Upon completion of a Master of Arts in Philosophy at Ohio University, recent graduates have gone on to doctoral study in philosophy, professional study, and law in institutions such as Harvard, Rutgers, Princeton, Yale, Boston University, Rochester, Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Loyola, Nebraska, Baylor, UC-Santa Barbara, University of Hawaii - Honolulu, University of Toronto, Indiana University, Texas A&M, University of Tennessee, Johns Hopkins, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UC-Irvine, University of Utah, and University of Missouri.

For specific data on recent placements into Philosophy PhD programs, please e-mail the director of graduate studies in philosophy, Dr. Yoichi Ishida.

Program Mission

The M.A. program in philosophy is designed to assist those with undergraduate training in philosophy to begin the transition to becoming professionals in the field. The program aims to produce promising candidates for either a) doctoral programs in philosophy or b) careers in which professional philosophical skills are valued.

Program Learning Objectives

The M.A. program is designed to insure that candidates for the degree will have an opportunity to develop

  1. An historical perspective on the discipline
  2. An understanding of many of the current issues in several key subfields
  3. The skills associated with critical thinking, writing and reading
  4. The ability to conduct original research in philosophy