Program at a glance
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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.
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.
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.