M.A. Program in Philosophy


We offer three plans for pursuing the Master of Arts in philosophy:

Thesis plan:

Once you have completed your coursework, writing a thesis is the most traditional path to an M.A. The Thesis Plan is particularly appropriate for students who wish to pursue a formal written project under close faculty supervision in preparation for later dissertation work at a Ph.D. granting institution.

Reading Intensive plan:

The Reading Intensive plan is particularly appropriate for students who are pursuing the M. A. for personal enrichment. This plan is also favored by those who wish to focus on writing a publishable paper or a writing sample for their application to a Ph.D. program. 

Applied Philosophy Project plan:

The Applied Philosophy Project plan fits well with the concept of San Jose State as a metropolitan university. It connects philosophy in a systematic manner to professional life in Silicon Valley. Students who follow this plan frequently come from the community to reflect, in a sustained and rigorous way, on the ethical, social, epistemological, or metaphysical aspects human endeavor, whether in their professional, civic, or personal lives. Then, they return to the community with an enriched perspective, a firm commitment to philosophy, and stronger ties to San Jose State.