in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

How to Apply to the MA Program in Philosophy


Normally, a philosophy major or at least 18 hours of undergraduate philosophy courses are a prerequisite to doing graduate work in our department. However, we can work out a special program for students whose interest in philosophy developed late and who do not have the minimum number of hours.

The graduate advisor will work with the student to determine what courses are necessary to provide an adequate background for doing graduate work. In addition to the minimum number of hours, the Graduate School requires the following documents:

  1. A completed and signed form of application.
  2. An official GRE score (verbal and quantitative). TOEFL is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.  For the 2020-2021 Philosophy MA admissions process, the GRE requirement has been waived due to the Covid-19 emergency.
  3. Official transcripts from the institution conferring the baccalaureate degree and from all colleges and universities subsequently attended.
  4. We also recommend that students submit with their application: (a) two letters of recommendation, and (b) one sample of philosophical writing.



We have a rolling admissions policy and will consider applications at any time during the year.  However, students should apply by MARCH 30th to maximize chances of entering the program in the Fall semester as a Teaching Assistant with funding.



To begin the admissions process, you should obtain and complete an application at Graduate School Admissions.

If you have further inquiries about the graduate program in philosophy you may contact:

Donovan Wishon Assistant Professor of PhilosophyDr. Donovan Wishon
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religion
015 Bryant Hall
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-7020 |