M.A. Program


The Department of Philosophy offers a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree. The focal strengths of the program are the core areas of contemporary analytic philosophy—metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, philosophical logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. Those who complete the program are extremely well prepared for advanced work in leading doctoral programs in philosophy or for teaching philosophy at the community college level. The Master of Arts degree also provides a strong foundation for further graduate study in fields other than philosophy and for a wide variety of careers outside the academy. Alumni of our program can be found in diverse fields such as international aid, database design, data analytics, and pastoral ministry.

The department’s M.A. program offers:

Contact Us

Application Questions

Jonie Barshinger
Phone: (815) 753-0333
Email: philosophy@niu.edu

Graduate Advisor

Prof. David J. Buller
Office: Zulauf 902
Phone: (815) 753-6299
Email: buller@niu.edu