The department offers two distinct Master's degrees.  The majority of students pursue the Master's as a step on the way to attaining a Ph.D.  These students apply directly into the M.A./Ph.D.  The department also offers a terminal Master's degree that is intended only for students who do not plan on pursuing a doctorate.  Requirements are the same for the two programs.

The M.A. in Philosophy may also be expanded to include a graduate certificate program in Women’s and Gender Studies. The combined M.A./certificate program requires the careful selection of elective courses to fulfill all requirements. A separate application process is required. Students who are interested in the combined M.A./certificate program should contact the program office for additional information.