Degree Programs: Full time/part time: M.A.
The department has a faculty with an unusually broad range of interests and areas of expertise. These include all of the main periods of the history of western philosophy and nearly every major area of contemporary philosophical debate.
The M.A. program is intended both for students who are seeking a free-standing M.A. in philosophy, and for students interested in receiving further training in philosophy before applying to Ph.D. programs in philosophy. Students in the M.A. program may be enrolled part-time or full-time. Should a student in the M.A. program wish to study toward the Ph.D. at Columbia, he or she must submit a separate application which will be evaluated along with the entire pool of applicants to the Ph.D. program for that year.
The department offers, with the Physics department, an M.A. in the Philosophical Foundations of Physics. It aims to meet the needs of an increasing population of gifted students who are intrigued by the growing scholarly interest in the relationship between the philosophy of science and the foundations of physics. The M.A. in the Philosophical Foundations of Physics can be completed in two semesters (ten courses) of full-time enrollment or during a maximum of eight semesters of part-time enrollment. Some funding may be available.
For further information concerning any of our graduate programs, please see the department's website or contact the Director of Graduate Studies or the Director of Admissions. Inquiries by mail should be sent to the Department of Philosophy, 708 Philosophy Hall, Mail Code 4971, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027
In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose, a writing sample (a course paper, term paper, etc.) and three letters of evaluation from academic sources. All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. For more information, please refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.
* Should be on a philosophical topic.