Master’s in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers two MA in Philosophy programs: a one-year program and a two-year program.

Holders of at least a four-year degree in philosophy may apply for both the one-year and two-year MA programs. Holders of a three-year bachelor’s degree in philosophy should, as a rule, apply for the two-year MA program rather than the one-year program, to avoid potential degree recognition problems either when applying for doctoral study in continental Europe or on the continental European job market. Occasional exemptions from this rule are granted. Holders of degrees only in subjects other than philosophy are advised to apply for the two-year MA program.

The one-year program is accredited in the US; the two-year program (filozófia mesterképzési szak) is accredited both in Hungary and in the US.

Philosophy students studying in either the one-year or the two-year MA program may optionally participate in one of three specializations that earn an additional non-degree certificate. These are the Specialization in Religious Studies, coordinated by the Center for Religious Studies; Specialization in Political Thought, coordinated by the Center for Historical Studies; and the Science Studies Specialization. Please see further details under Specializations.

Program Objectives

Our MA programs aim to enable students to proceed to doctoral training in any leading department around the world. Our graduates will also be very well qualified, as far as the subject is concerned, to teach philosophy in the final years of secondary school. In addition, a holder of one of our philosophy MA degrees will have the kind of training in thinking analytically and systematically which is of great value in all responsible administrative and managerial positions.

Program Structure

Two-Year Program

The two-year program covers most of the major areas of philosophy, mainly from an analytic perspective, including the major periods in the history of philosophy. In the two-year program the required total is 62 CEU credits.

All students are required to attend the Departmental Colloquium, the Academic Writing course, and all eight 2-credit Core MA courses. At the end of the first year, students have to pass a Theoretical and Practical Philosophy exam on the core subjects of Philosophy of Language, Ethics, Metaphysics and Epistemology; and a History of Philosophy exam on the core subjects of Ancient Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (Rationalists and Empiricists) and Continental Philosophy since Kant. There is a required thesis seminar in the second year. This accounts for 24 credits altogether. The MA thesis is worth an additional 10 credits. The remainder of the course credits (28) are to be earned mainly by attending elective courses offered by the department or cross-listed from other departments at CEU (for example the departments of Medieval Studies, Cognitive Science or Political Science), but at least 4 and at most 8 of these 28 credits are to be earned from courses offered by other programs and not cross-listed with philosophy. Regularly offered elective courses include courses in the Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, Empiricism, Rationalism, Nietzsche, Plato, Aristotle, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Social Sciences, and Political Philosophy. Other courses will follow the faculty’s research interests.

Two-year Philosophy MA program, overview of the planned curriculum (example)

1st year, 1st term

 

1st year, 2nd term

 

Academic Writing

2 cred

Departmental Colloquium

1 cred

Departmental Colloquium

1 cred

Ethics

2 cred

Logic

2 cred

Metaphysics

2 cred

Philosophy of Language

2 cred

Rationalists and Empiricists

2 cred

Epistemology

2 cred

Continental Philosophy since Kant

2 cred

Ancient Philosophy

2 cred

Elective Courses

4 cred

Elective Courses

4 cred

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd year, 1st term

 

2nd year, 2nd term

 

Departmental Colloquium

1 cred

Departmental Colloquium

1 cred

Elective Courses

12 cred

MA Thesis Seminar

2 cred

 

 

Elective Courses

8 cred

 

 

MA Thesis

10 cred

 Credits earned in the two years: 62 CEU credits.

One-Year Program

The one-year program is suitable for students who already have a general grounding in the history of philosophy and the major subject areas, and wish to deepen their acquaintance with particular fields and develop their analytic skills as a preparation for doctoral training or other professional careers. In the one-year program the required total is 40 CEU credits.

Three courses – Logic and Academic Writing in the first semester and the MA Thesis Seminar in the second – are mandatory, as well as attending the Departmental Colloquium (8 credits altogether). The MA thesis is worth 8 credits.

The remaining 24 course credits are to be earned mainly by choosing courses offered by the department (either as core or elective courses) or cross-listed from other departments at CEU, but up to 4 of these 24 credits may be earned from courses not cross-listed with philosophy offered by other programs. The choice of these courses has to conform to the following rules:

  • A maximum of 10 credits can be earned from the Core MA courses. Logic and Academic Writing do not count toward the 10 credits.
  • The department’s core and elective courses are classified into three areas: Axiology and Practical Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology, History of Philosophy. At least 2 credits must be taken in each area. A course can count toward meeting this requirement in at most one area.

One-year Philosophy MA program, overview of the planned curriculum (example)

1st term

 

2nd term

 

Academic Writing

2 cred

Departmental Colloquium

1 cred

Departmental Colloquium

1 cred

MA Thesis Seminar

2 cred

Logic

2 cred

Elective Courses

12 cred

Elective Courses

12 cred

MA Thesis

8 cred

 Credits earned: 40 CEU credits.