M. A. -granting Programs


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Listed programs offer a Master’s degree in philosophy or a related field.

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Programs offering Master’s degrees in philosophy or related field:
American University*
California State University LA*
Cal State University, Chico*
Carleton University
George Mason University*
Miami University of Ohio
San Francisco State University*
Union Institute
University of Windsor*
West Chester University of Pennsylvania*

American University*


The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers a B.A. in philosophy, a combined B.A. and M.A. in philosophy, an M.A. in philosophy, and an M.A. in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs. We're a majority-woman (and in fact feminist) department, offering two different MA programs, one with two tracks in Philosophy (History of Philosophy, and Philosophy and Social Policy), and another, joint program with our School of International Service, in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs.

Cal State LA*


Philosophy has an MA program. There is a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies starting in 06-07, but no MA in Women's and Gender Studies (though one can be constructed through a special interdisciplinary MA). The Philosophy Dept is feminist-friendly and LGBT-friendly; the faculty includes five women, all of whom are feminists: Sharon Bishop, Talia Bettcher, Jenny Faust, Ann Garry, and Kayley Vernallis. Some of our seven male colleagues are feminists, too. Theses on feminist or LBGT topics are welcomed. The campus is a highly multicultural, urban LA place.


Cal State University, Chico*


Notes: In this department, feminist philosopher on faculty works with students creating an interdisciplinary Master's degree; feminists in Women's Studies program, philosophy, and religious studies and the student can design an interdisciplinary program. There is a great Women's Studies program there with lots of feminists teaching various disciplines (i.e., religious studies, sociology, gender studies).

Carleton University in Ottawa


Notes: A small and intensive program with lots of personal attention and a long history of successful female grads. As of 2007, out of the 11 full-time faculty members, 6 are women, four of whom have an AOS in feminst philosophy:
Rebecca Kukla (reproductive ethics, feminist epistemology/philosophy of science)
Christine Koggel (feminist political philosophy and ethics)
Geraldine Finn (feminist continental philosophy)]
Wendy Donner (feminist political philosophy and ethics)
A few men in the department have substantial interests in feminist philosophy, and almost everyone is feminist-friendly.

George Mason University*


The new MA in philosophy at George Mason University is well suited for students interested in studying feminist philosophy and examining gender issues in a female friendly philosophy department. The MA program has concentrations in ethics and in the history of philosophy and is also a feeder MA for GMU’s Ph.D. in Cultural Studies. The faculty includes: Debra Bergoffen whose areas of specialization are existentialism, phenomenology, psychoanalytic, and French feminist theory. She works on questions of the lived body and issues at the intersection of feminist theory epistemology, ethics and politics. Most recently she has focused on questions of gender and justice, especially with reference to human rights. Carol Gould who has written extensively in feminist philosophy, especially on its implications for democratic community as well as on the idea of embodied politics. Her recent work develops feminist understandings of care, empathy, and solidarity for global democracy and human rights. Rose Cherubin whose areas of research and teaching are ancient Greek philosophy, especially metaphysics, epistemology, political philosophy and contemporary applications of ancient Greek thought. Her recent work examines the philosophical role of goddesses in Parmenides' poem, and the metaphysics of justice and gender in Aeschylus' Eumenides. The GMU MA program will also work closely with faculty across the university, e.g. in the Public and International Affairs department, with its offerings in feminist theory and women and politics, in the English department, in the Women’s Studies Program, and in the Conflict Resolution program, which offer a range of courses in feminist theory. GMU is a member of the Washington area consortium which gives students access to the libraries and courses of other universities in the D.C. area. For more information, please contact tkinnama@gmu.edu.

Miami University of Ohio


The Philosophy Department has an MA program and the Women's Studies Department has a graduate certificate program. There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available. There are currently three women in the department who are very active in the graduate program all of whom have done work in and/or related to feminist philosophy: Elaine Miller (French Feminism AOS: Aesthetics, 19th century), Gaile Pohlhaus (AOS: Feminist Epistemology, Feminist Philosophy), and Emily Zakin (French Feminism, AOS: Political Philosophy, Psychoanalytic Thought). The Linda Singer Memorial Lecture Series brings a feminist philosopher to campus for a lecture and small seminar/discussion section yeartly. Recent course offerings in the graduate program include: Feminist Epistemology; Agency, Identity, and Social Position; Kristeva; Arendt; Queer Theory


San Francisco State University*


We offer the MA in Philosophy , the BA in Philosophy, and the BA in Philosophy and Religion. We are a faculty with a 2 to 1 (women to men) faculty ratio, and we are building up our offerings and strengths in feminist philosophy. We are strong in both Western and non-Western philosophy, another area we are building up. In addition to offerings in feminist philosophy (we are continuing to build these), faculty teaching core courses such as Modern Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge and Metaphysics are knowledgeable about feminist work in these areas. We co-host the San Francisco Bay Area Feminism and Philosophy workshop (BayFAP), which meets monthly during the academic year to discuss work-in-progress by feminist philosophers in the Bay Area. Faculty include Anita Silvers, Alice Sowaal, Ásta Sveinsdóttir, and Shelley Wilcox.

Union Institute


Notes: Ours is a low residency program (accredited Ohio Board of Regents) with many feminist scholars helpful in designing an interdisciplinary program.

University of Windsor*

Program focus: Argumentation and Informal Logic, Social and Political Philosophy
Feminist Faculty: Catherine Hundleby
Related Programs at Windsor: Interdisciplinary M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Justice


West Chester University of Pennsylvania

The Philosophy Department has a terminal M.A. program which focuses on the history of, 20th Century Continental and Applied Ethics, and is mostly feminist-friendly. Theses and independent studies with individual professors on feminist topics are encouraged.