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Master of Arts [MA] (Philosophy) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    ARTS

  • DURATION

    2 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Philosophy

  • COURSE TYPE

    Post Graduation

MA Philosophy is a postgraduate degree program of arts which specializes in the field of Philosophy. The duration of the course is for 2 academic years divided into four semesters. The course is a deep and critical study of many philosophical tenets. Approximate Tuition fee of the course is INR 9000  depending on colleges. 

The course is more of a theoretical course which does not have any immediate vocational purpose but which helps the philosophy enthusiasts understand and analyze the world better.  It is a course which helps a student grow and develop a better understanding of the world.

MA Philosophy degree holders can earn INR 15,000 to 25,000 initially and build a successful career working as Consultant, Human Resource Specialist, Insurance Underwriter or Ethics Advisor.

What is MA Philosophy about?

The course is about the detailed study of the philosophies of different philosophers from different countries. The course is a wide study of philosophers from classical Indian context to Greek philosophers and also the philosophers from the modern western world.

It not only talks about the different philosophers and their philosophies but also situates the historical philosophies in the current contexts and provides a critical view on them. It is a wide course which incorporates various philosophical tenets like that of feminism, symbolisation, imagination, marxism etc.

Who should opt for the course?

Any student who has a keen interest in the study of philosophy, the history of philosophy and also situating philosophy in different historical and geographical contexts, should opt for this course. It is a course which is ideal for a student who wishes to take up philosophy as a discourse which helps him/her understand the contemporary situations on a more intellectual level.

Duration

The duration of the course is for 2 academic years and these 2 years are divided into 4 semesters. The semesters thus divided into a combination of theory classes, seminars and talks and various independent research work conducted by the students.

Top institutes

The course is very popular and is offered by many MA Colleges in India, which have great infrastructure and highly qualified faculty. Some of these colleges are:

Name of the course

City, State

Lady Shri Ram College

New Delhi

Loyola College

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

St. Stephen’s College

New Delhi

Christ University

Bangalore, Karnataka

Miranda House College

New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi

Presidency University

Kolkata, West Bengal

Jadavpur University

Kolkata, West Bengal

Indraprastha College for Women

New Delhi

Ramnarain Jhunjhunwala College

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Eligibility Of the Master of Arts [MA] (Philosophy)

The minimum eligibility criteria for students to take admission in this course is that they have to have minimum 40%-50% marks in undergraduate course in any discipline, however humanities graduates have an advantage as they are already aware of some aspects of philosophy.

How to Get Admission in Master of Arts [MA] (Philosophy)

The admission to the course is through an entrance exam which is conducted by different universities and colleges across the country. The entrance test is a test to evaluate the student’s basic knowledge about philosophy.

For admission to Delhi University in colleges like Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and Miranda House College, New Delhi, student should have minimum 55 % in Philosophy (Hons.) or minimum 60% in B.A (Hons.) in Philosophy.

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi conducts a written examination for admission to MA Philosophy which is carried out in the month of May every year.

Selection Process

The candidates are selected through their performance in the entrance exam. Once the candidate clears the basic requirement of the entrance exam, he/she is then called for a counselling where they are granted admission by the institute taking the aggregate marks score by them in the undergraduate course in consideration.