Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Philosophy


Students seeking admission to the M.A. program in the Department of Philosophy must meet all the requirements for admission to the NIU Graduate School. In addition to satisfying those requirements, applicants to the master’s program in philosophy must submit the following materials:

  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your ability to be successful in the completion of a graduate-level degree program.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should explain why you wish to pursue an M.A. in philosophy and describe your philosophical interests.
  • Writing Sample: The writing sample should illustrate your ability to defend a thesis or explain a theory or concept. 
  • Resume/CV: Copy of current resume/CV listing all undergraduate institutions attended, degrees expected or conferred, and any job or volunteer experience.


Deadlines: Applications for fall semester (August) enrollment will be reviewed beginning on January 15. Applications are accepted for fall enrollment only. 


Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.


Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and to complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work, at least 24 of which must be in philosophy. All courses taken toward the completion of the degree are subject to the approval of the graduate advisor, and they must include the following, each of which must be completed with a grade of B or better: