Program of Study
One course in each of the following areas:
- Epistemology and Metaphysics
- History of Philosophy
- Value Theory and Philosophy of Religion
Satisfy the logic requirement in one of two ways:
- Take a graduate course in Completeness and Decidability
- Pass the departmental exam in logic
Fulfill your remaining credit requirements with any graduate courses in philosophy.
Sample Course Titles by Topic Area
Metaphysics and Epistemology: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Analytic Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy of Science, Logic and Philosophy.
Value-Theory: ;Ethical Issues in Public Policy, Theory and Function of Religion, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Law, Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy.
History of Philosophy: British Empiricism, Philosophy of Plato, Philosophy of Aristotle, The Continental Rationalists, Kant and Continental Idealism.
To complete the program, you can submit a 6-credit master’s thesis or take 14 credits of additional coursework and a comprehensive exam.
For more information, call 518-442-4250 or email [email protected].
The MA in Philosophy is an excellent bridge to doctoral study. Many graduates of this program continue their education and earn PhDs in philosophy or advanced degrees in related fields such as law, education, political science, and economics.
Program alumni have also become employed as consultants, government officials, political campaign strategists, publishers, technical writers, economic advisors, and personnel managers.
If you’re a current UAlbany undergraduate student with at least a 3.2 GPA, you can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework as early as your junior year. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you can complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
The M.A. program in philosophy allows students to gain greater mastery both of philosophy as a field and of specific topics in philosophy. They develop greater skills both as critical thinkers and as writers.
- Students show knowledge of the the scope of philosophy, including the history of Western philosophy, main areas of contemporary philosophy, and formal logic.
- Students show expertise in a focused area of philosophy, and acquire the skill of producing advanced written work within philosophy.