Earn an MA or PhD in Philosophy
Granting its first PhD in 1971, the Department of Philosophy has a proud history in Philadelphia. Our scholarly community consists of a cohesive group of graduate students and faculty who work across the traditions of Anglo-American and European philosophy, contemporary issues and historical scholarship. In spite of a challenging job market, our MA and PhD graduates are successful in landing academic and non-academic philosophy-related positions. Temple graduates teach in Europe, the US, Asia and beyond. Check out what our current graduate students are studying to get a sense of our comprehensive department.
Temple’s philosophy faculty are internationally acclaimed in key philosophical areas that include aesthetics, ancient philosophy, ethics, early modern and Kant/post-Kantian European philosophy, epistemology, feminism, philosophy of language, philosophy of science and pragmatism. We have an especially rich history and continuing presence in the field of aesthetics - Monroe Beardsley and John Fisher were former faculty. Faculty members publish with leading journals and publishing houses, representing Temple nationally and abroad.
MA in Philosophy
The MA program is designed for students to begin advanced training in philosophy. If you attend the MA in Philosophy program at Temple, you might continue your education in our PhD program or attend one at another university. Some students are satisfied with completing an MA in Philosophy for personal enrichment or to teach in high schools or community colleges. If you finish an MA at Temple and decide to continue on to our PhD in Philosophy program, you must complete a separate application. A PhD is required to teach at the university level.
PhD in Philosophy
The PhD in Philosophy program at Temple provides students with a breadth of knowledge in Philosophy while emphasizing depth of knowledge in philosophical issues of interest. In addition to two years of course work (for incoming students with no credit transfers), PhD students submit two preliminary essays in their second and third years to gain experience in research, collegial cooperation and publishing strategies. PhD students usually teach courses under the guidance of the department’s Teaching Mentoring Program. We also encourage our PhD students to pursue Temple’s Teaching in Higher Education Certificate.
MA or PhD in Philosophy/Masters in Urban Bioethics Dual Degree
The Department of Philosophy and the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine introduce the first dual degree programs with a PhD or MA in Philosophy and a Masters in Urban Bioethics! Both degree programs are now accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission.
The aim of the dual degree programs is to provide (a) Philosophy PhD or MA students with specialized training in the ethics, values, and politics of health in our increasingly multi-dimensionally diverse society and (b) Urban Bioethics students with a broader understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary bioethics. The dual degree programs blend the missions and values of philosophy and urban bioethics and will prepare students with the depth of training and expertise to enable them to be competitive as they move towards being future leaders in academia, public spheres, and health care.
Academic Partnerships and Exchanges
We actively encourage—and facilitate—interdisciplinary scholarly work. The Philosophy Department and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple now offer dual degrees in Philosophy and Urban Bioethics designed to prepare students for practice, research and teaching in healthcare ethics and policy. We offer a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies in cooperation with the Women’s Studies Department and expanded course offerings through The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium. MA and PhD in philosophy students may take graduate courses at the University of Pennslyvania and Villanova University.
Temple Graduate School Funding
At Temple, we believe that students from all walks of life should have access to an outstanding education. If you need help paying for graduate school, you aren’t alone. Most students receive some form of financial aid to fund their education. Graduate students are eligible for financial assistance from federal, state, private and university sources. Explore all available opportunities and apply early to make your education an affordable experience.
PhD students are awarded financial aid on academic merit. The department nominates our strongest candidates for Graduate School Fellowships, and offers a limited amount of TA-ships. Students from underrepresented groups may also be nominated for Future Faculty Fellowships. Due to limited resources, the department is not able to provide funding to all students, although the majority receive some funding eventually. University Fellowships, Graduate Assistantships and Academic Internships are ordinarily reserved for PhD students.
Tuition and Fees
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Please visit the Philosophy Graduate Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.
Curriculum and Academic Requirements
Graduate Application Deadlines
- Jan. 15 for PhD applications
- March 1 for MA applications
- March 1 for MA/MAUB applications