What will I learn?

On campus living is currently optional, but quarantine seems to have made this year’s freshman class less ready for off campus living. We want to make sure that they have a support system in place, which they will have in the dorms.

To earn a M.A. in philosophy, students must complete at least 30 hours of graduate-level course work. In addition, students must write a thesis, for which they must take three to six credit hours of Thesis Research. Entering students must demonstrate a competence in logic, either by having passed the relevant course prior to admission or by taking PHIL 5561: Graduate Formal Logic here at UMSL. Students should take PHIL 5400: Proseminar in Philosophy in the first year of residency. At least two-thirds of the course work must be completed in residence at UMSL. In addition, the courses taken are subject to two distribution requirements:

At least half of the courses must be at the 5000 level.

Two courses (6 credit hours) must be chosen from each of the following four subject areas:

Value Theory

  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic/Philosophy of Science
  • Epistemology/Metaphysics

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of traditional philosophical issues in the western tradition.
  • Develop critical thinking skills based on knowledge of the standards governing logical reasoning.
  • Acquire familiarity with philosophical issues that arise in some other disciplines (e.g. biology, art, education, etc.).
  • Acquire a basic understanding of ethical principles and their role in resolving ethical disputes.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills required to write a paper identifying a philosophical issue and presenting arguments supporting a thesis for resolving it.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$22,980.00 per year
Application deadline

5 November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree before beginning the master’s program.

Grade Point Average

Minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Students whose GPA is between 2.75 and 2.99 may be admitted on a restricted basis.

Proof of English proficiency

International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission.

Minimum requirements vary by department. It is recommended that students have a 79 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE-A.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.