Graduate Program in Philosophy

Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a graduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Contact information

Program Director: David Rondel
Phone: (775) 784-1401

How do I apply?

Fall Application Deadline: March 1. Spring Application Deadline: November 1. Learn how to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno.

What will I learn with an advanced degree in philosophy?

Our graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Philosophy. Students will study a broad range of general areas of philosophy, as well as topics within contemporary philosophy driven by our faculty's on-going research. Students who wish to pursue a Master's degree in philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno may choose to take the general philosophy track or specialize in ethics, law and politics. Both tracks are offered on either a thesis or non-thesis basis. Students work with their advisors to develop their program. A student who opts for a non-thesis plan must complete 33 graduate credits. A student who opts for the thesis plan must complete 30 credits of graduate course work including six credits of thesis course work.

An examination of the intersection of morals, ethics and truth

The ethics, law and politics track provides students with the opportunity to explore central debates - both historical and contemporary - in social, political, ethical and legal philosophy. Students will work with faculty members who have research specializations in a number of areas within value theory, including liberal and democratic theory, feminism, Marxism, critical theory, among others.

Why study philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno?

In addition to taught courses, the M.A. includes a graduate-only seminar that allows students to engage with each other in a warm and supportive environment to hone their philosophical skills. Our department also hosts visiting speakers on a monthly basis throughout the semester, which allows students to interact with internationally renowned philosophers and keep abreast of the latest development within the field.

This degree program is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and U.S. residents on the west coast may qualify for reduced tuition. Contact the Graduate School for details.

Application process and requirements

Philosophy Graduate Handbook

Read through the philosophy master's degree handbook to find out if this advanced degree program is right for you.

Read the graduate handbook
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