MA Kent State

Kent State University MA in Philosophy

The Master of Arts degree program in philosophy at Kent State University offers intensive, in-depth study of philosophy, with particular attention to the diversity and plurality of philosophical methods, perspectives, and modes of analysis, and to philosophy’s relation to other disciplines. Most of their graduate students go on to pursue doctoral degrees in philosophy, while others are seeking a terminal Master's in philosophy to supplement and enhance their careers or their work in other disciplines.

Currently, all students in the program are funded. The total award per student in 2018-19 is approximately $25,500, which includes a $12,500 stipend, a full tuition waiver worth $11,000, a health insurance subsidy (for students who do not otherwise have coverage), and workers' compensation. The tuition waiver is sufficient to cover up to 12 credit hours per semester. Given the extremely low cost of living in Kent, this award is highly competitive: according to, for example, our $12,500 stipend is equivalent to one of almost $22,000 in Boston.

The MA curriculum develops both the breadth and depth of our students’ philosophical knowledge, offering a research-forward focus that provides superior preparation for doctoral work in philosophy. They provide end-to-end mentoring, which includes pedagogical training, preparation for a career in academic philosophy, and extensive assistance with applications and placement into PhD programs. Students receive a great deal of personalized attention from our faculty, who develop relationships with our graduates that extend beyond the program and into their careers in philosophy. 

Their graduate students participate in an active chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), which convenes a twice-monthly faculty-student reading group on philosophies of race and gender.  They also organize an annual Graduate Student Conference, which has been held every year since 1992-93. 

They can supervise MA theses in the following areas:

  • Africana Philosophy
  • American Pragmatism
  • Analytic Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Applied Ethics, Normative Ethics, and Metaethics
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy and Phenomenology
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Native American Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Race
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Social and Political Philosophy

Browse their department website and contact Gina Zavota at with any questions about the program or application process. If you’re ready to apply, you can do so online at The priority deadline for funding consideration is February 1, 2019.

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