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MA in Philosophy in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA-PHIL) is a two-year graduate program that builds upon and enhances the skills and knowledge gained from an undergraduate philosophy program. It is a comprehensive and thorough study of the subject at an advanced level and is typically designed to equip students with the skills and concepts necessary to pursue philosophy at the doctoral level.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in the Master of Arts in Philosophy should have an undergraduate degree in the humanities field. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in that specific field but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Ethics
  • Social Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Methods of Research
  • European Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the humanities field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements


  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Aesthetics
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics

Program Outcome

Graduates of Master of Arts in Philosophy are expected to be able to:

  • Have a critical understanding of philosophical perspectives
  • Apply philosophical theories, principles, and models in development work
  • Conduct philosophical research and methods
  • Adhere to ethical standards and practices in the industry

Board Exam

The MA in Philosophy does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of MA in Philosophy may pursue a career path in any educational institution. They may apply as an academician, a philosophy department head, or a philosophy researcher. However, graduates are may still pursue a career in the humanities field.

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