Students interested in Islamic philosophy will be able to pursue Arabic language classes as part of the program requirements, while students with an interest in contemporary European philosophy will be taught by a team of leading specialists whose research is internationally recognized. All students will receive a high-quality liberal arts education and emerge from the program with an in-depth knowledge of the discipline. The program will prepare students to embark upon doctoral research in philosophy and provide them with an advanced understanding of the intellectual and historical roots of the contemporary world.
The MA program in philosophy gives students a unique opportunity to focus on both Islamic and European philosophy. All students receive a high-quality, liberal arts education and emerge from the program with in-depth knowledge of the discipline. The program prepares students for careers in which critical and analytical skills are valued, prepares them to embark upon doctoral research in philosophy, and provides them with an advanced understanding of the intellectual and historical roots of the contemporary world.
A minimum of 24 credit hours are required for the Master of Arts in philosophy. Eight courses must be taken, of which at least six must be 5000-level philosophy courses. Students are required to follow the philosophy graduate core, a series of advanced 5000-level seminars. Two such 5000-level seminars are taught each semester. Once a student has finished their courses, they then write a thesis (PHIL 5299 Research Guidance and Thesis, no credit).
The Master of Arts in philosophy is aimed at any holder of a bachelor’s degree with a background in the study of philosophy. The MA requires a standard AUC application for graduate studies, including the required English-language test scores.
In addition, applicants must submit a writing sample of at least 1,000 words, demonstrating critical thinking.