Master of Arts - General Philosophy

Admissions Information

Many of the students accepted into the MA program in philosophy have completed undergraduate philosophy majors or minors, though we also accept students with degrees in related areas and students with compelling interests or strong undergraduate backgrounds.

Normally, applicants should have an undergraduate grade-point average of B or better both overall and in philosophy courses. We occasionally admit students with lower averages if they can provide strong evidence that they are likely to do well in our program.

We do not require GRE scores for admission into the program. However, such scores will be taken into consideration by the admissions committee if they are available.

The Philosophy Department has a two-part application to the MA program:
1. Applicants for admission must meet the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School's admission requirements. Applications to Graduate School are only accepted online. Please go to their website at and follow the directions for online application. Be sure to indicate MA in General Philosophy. Your official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School.

2. In addition, please send the following directly to the Philosophy Department (address below):
Letter of Intent -- a letter describing your interests and goals and explaining why you want to pursue your studies in our department. Be sure to indicate which program you are interested in -- General Philosophy or Philosophy with an empahsis in Ethics, Law, and Politics.
Writing Sample -- sample of your recent writing in philosophy
References -- three letters of recommendation, preferably from philosophy instructors, may be submitted through the Graduate School or sent to the address shown below.

Graduate Admissions

Department of Philosophy
Mail Stop 0102
University of Nevada Reno
Reno, NV 89557

If your record is unusual in some way and you feel as though you need additional supporting materials, we would like to consider them as well. Please send them directly to the Philosophy Department address listed above. If you have questions, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Katharine Schweitzer.

The deadline for application to our program is March 1 for Fall admissions and November 1 for Spring admissions.