Apply to our MA program online at Cal State Apply
We are excited that our entire MA Program application now happens through SFSU's new system: Cal State Apply.
Please complete all four quadrants of the application (Quadrants I – III cover general academic history and information. Quadrant IV, "Program Materials," covers our Philosophy-specific questions.
In submitting the “Philosophy Department” portion of your application, you will be required to provide the following materials:
- A brief description of your teaching experience (if you have any). (Note that teaching experience does not have any impact on admission into the MA program).
- Unofficial transcripts, which you will upload.
- A short statement answering at least one of the following questions:
1. Briefly describe the areas of philosophy, philosophical problems and/or philosophers you wish to study.
2. Briefly discuss your interest in one area of philosophy, philosophical problem or philosopher you have enjoyed studying.
- Attach a 7-10 page writing sample representative of your academic work, preferably in philosophy, though it can be from any discipline.
It is also recommended, but not required that you submit two letters of recommendation. Preferably at least one letter should come from a college instructor familiar with your academic abilities and your potential for success in graduate study. There is no recommendation form. Letters should be sent directly by the individual who is writing the letter of recommendation through hard-copy mail or emailed to: email@example.com
In considering our program, please also be sure to review our "Financing Your Degree" webpage for funding ideas:
We offer two types of department scholarships annually: our Philosophy Graduate Student Tuition Scholarships and the Zarri Scholarship.
For out-of-state students, SF State also offers the competitive Provost Scholarship, which awards in-state tuition to a number of non-resident students annually. Decisions are made by the university early each Spring, so it is important to apply to our MA program early if you hope to be competitive for this scholarship.
Additionally, we are proud to offer a large Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) program, in which qualified graduate students are paid a salary to teach Critical Thinking (Phil 110) courses to university freshmen. While teaching, GTAs also register for a one-unit mentoring and support class.
Finally, SFSU Graduate Studies offers further resources and ideas for financing your education:
Note: the GRE is not required for admission to our program.
The deadline for applications for the Fall semester is July 15th, 2017.
The deadline for applications for the Spring semester is January 15th, 2018.