Question everything with a critical eye as you explore a Master of Arts in Philosophy

Have you ever wondered about the nature of reality or pondered the meaning of life? The master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Missouri–St. Louis dives deep into these questions and more.

Explore a range of courses in ethics, from history to contemporary applied ethics, and benefit from the individual attention you’ll get from our renowned faculty in our small classes.

What can you do with a philosophy degree? Whether you ultimately seek a Ph.D. or a career in education, our program will teach you to think critically and closely analyze the world around you—skills that will help you thrive in jobs in philosophy, business, law, government, religion or a host of other fields.

Join a vibrant community of thinkers and ignite your passion for philosophy at UMSL.

Why pursue a philosophy degree?

So, what can you do with a philosophy degree?

The master’s degree in philosophy is your gateway to a world of critical thought and intellectual exploration. This philosophy degree challenges you to actively engage with fundamental questions that have shaped human thought for centuries. We’ll challenge you to think critically about the world around you while fostering your ability to analyze complex issues, identify assumptions and craft well-reasoned arguments.


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Why earn your philosophy degree at UMSL?

The master’s degree in philosophy at UMSL goes beyond traditional classroom learning to equip you with a powerful skillset that benefits you both personally and professionally. Here’s how our program sets you apart:

  • Expert faculty, personalized mentorship. Learn from renowned professors who are leaders in their fields. Ignite your curiosity in small class sizes (2:1 student-faculty ratio) that ensure individualized attention and mentorship.
  • Flexible learning options. Your time is valuable. Our program offers a dynamic mix of in-person, online and hybrid courses enabling you to tailor your studies to your schedule and learning style.
  • Network with a vibrant community. Join a community of passionate thinkers and scholars. Engage in meaningful discussions, share diverse perspectives and build lifelong connections with fellow students and faculty.

What can you do with a philosophy degree?

A master’s degree in philosophy from UMSL prepares you for a wider world of opportunity than you might imagine. Our program doesn’t just prepare you for jobs in philosophy; it transforms you into a critical thinker, a persuasive communicator and a master problem-solver—qualities that are invaluable in today’s dynamic workplace.

Our philosophy graduate program will help you develop sharpened skills that translate into career success:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving: Dive into complex questions, requiring you to analyze information, identify biases and construct well-reasoned arguments. This translates to the ability to tackle workplace challenges head-on.
  • Clear and concise communication: Refine your written and verbal communication skills as you learn to articulate complex ideas persuasively, present arguments with clarity and tailor your communication style to different audiences.
  • Research and analytical skills: Cultivate meticulous research habits and analytical prowess. Learn to evaluate sources critically, synthesize information from diverse perspectives and construct a strong foundation for evidence-based decision-making.

What can you do with a philosophy degree? Our master’s degree in philosophy will prepare for more than jobs in philosophy. You’ll be ready for a lifetime of critical thinking, effective communication and the ability to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.

According to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, professions where advanced Philosophy degrees are commonly held are projected to grow by up to 8% by 2029, with a median annual salary of $67,000.


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Career Opportunities

  • Civil Servant
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Journalist
  • Theologian
  • Policy Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Writer


Plan of Study

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the  NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

The UMSL philosophy degree fosters a vibrant intellectual community that extends beyond the classroom. We offer a variety of opportunities to connect with likeminded students and professionals though one of our student organizations.

Career Services - Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Research - There are many opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research including our annual Graduate Research Fair, which is open to students from all graduate programs. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can also compete in the Three Minute Thesis challenge to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes.