Applied Philosophy (MA)

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • A graduate application with application fee
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores, if an international student
  • Two recent letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s academic work or lifelong learning, which speak to applicant's ability to complete graduate level education. Discursive letters from previous professors preferred.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Personal statement, which should address why you have decided to pursue a MA in Applied Philosophy. The personal statement should be between 2-4 double spaced pages (500-1000 words).
  • Writing sample. The writing sample should be a substantial, polished, persuasive paper that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to do high-level undergraduate research. Writing sample requirements are waived for applicants who have already been accepted into a medical fellowship or PhD program.

Health Care Ethics Track Requirements

Core Courses
BETH 680Foundations of Bioethics3
BETH 681Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics3
BETH 682Health and Social Justice3
BETH 683Race, Medicine, and Health3
BETH 684Clinical Ethics3
Choose one course from the following based upon concentration:3
Social and Structural Determinants of Health
Philosophy of Science
Medicine, Bioethics and the Law
Guided electives (choose 12 hours from the courses below):12
Social and Cultural Theory
Independent Study in Bioethics
Health Care Ethics Internship
Multicultural and Diversity Issues
History of American Sexualities - WR
Family Law
Race and the Law
Elder Law
Sexuality and the Law
Poverty, Health and the Law
Introductions to Health Law
Mental Health and the Law
Genetics and the Law
Animal Law
Disability Law
Medicine, Bioethics and the Law
Theories of Race and Racism
African-American Philosophy
Topics in Philosophy of Race and Racism
Proseminar in Applied Philosophy
Philosophical Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Health Communication: Theory and Practice
Social and Structural Determinants of Health
Health Promotion Policy Development
Feminist Theory
Professional and Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology
Race and Ethnicity
Social Policy
Social Inequality & Stratification
Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice Practice
Culminating Graduate Experience
BETH 685Health Care Ethics Internship 3
Minimum Total Hours33

Practical and Applied Philosophy Track Requirements

Proseminar: Choose one of the following3
Proseminar in Applied Philosophy
Foundations of Bioethics
Applied Philosophy Electives: Choose Four of the Following12
Feminist Philosophical Literature
African-American Philosophy
Topics in Philosophy of Race and Racism
Ethical Theory
Philosophy of Emotions
Mind and Brain: Introduction to Cognitive Science
Critical Social Theory
Philosophy of Technology
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics
Health and Social Justice
Race, Medicine, and Health
Clinical Ethics
Philosophical Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Topical Electives12
Applied Philosophy Fieldwork3
Independent Study
Culminating Graduate Experience: Choose one of the Following3
Health Care Ethics Internship
Capstone in Diversity Literacy
Thesis Guidance
Minimum Total Hours33