Graduate Program

Overview

The master's program in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University is rated among the best in the country by The Philosophical Gourmet Report

Year after year, our MA students are admitted to some of the best graduate schools. Recent graduates looking to pursue a PhD in philosophy have been admitted to top-ranked programs including Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Stanford, Berkeley, UNC, and Texas. We also have a strong track record for placing graduates looking to earn a law degree—with recent alumni being admitted to top law schools at places like Michigan, Virginia, and Berkeley. 

The Western Michigan MA allows students to pursue three different degree concentrations: Metaphysic & Philosophy of Mind; Epistemology & Philosophy of Science; and Theoretical & Practical Ethics. Our graduate requirements are flexible and most students complete the program in two years or fewer. We offer a variety of graduate courses each semester. Independent study opportunities and collaborations on faculty research projects are also available.

Application deadline

For full consideration of funding, our application deadline is February 15. We will consider applications on a rolling basis thereafter.

Financial aid

For the last three years, all graduate students who have enrolled in the Western Michigan MA program have received funding and it is our expectation that this will continue going forward. Financial aid is typically offered in the form of a graduate assistantship. First-year assistants typically lead discussion sections for courses taught by faculty, while second-year assistants typically teach their own courses. Please research the  costs of attending WMU. More information on financial aid is also available from WMU's Graduate College.

Further information

Please refer to our frequently-asked questions. If you have general questions, contact us. If you have specific questions about the application itself, including how to submit materials, contact the Graduate College. International applicants are encouraged to contact International Admissions and Services.