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




    2 YEARS




    Post Graduation

MA Philosophy Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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MA Philosophy in India is a 2-year postgraduate course which is offered by many universities and colleges throughout the country. The admission is given through both entrance exams and cut-off lists. The basic eligibility for pursuing this course is that the student should have cleared their bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute with philosophy or any related subject as the chief subject.

Some of the top colleges offering this course are:

Many universities like Delhi University and Hyderabad University also conduct entrance tests for admission to this course.

Delhi University will be releasing its cut-off lists for admissions to MA Philosophy probably in the second half of June. The University of Hyderabad (UOH) will be conducting its entrance test in the first week of June. To learn more about the last date of registration and hall ticket generation, click here.

MA Philosophy is a majorly theoretical course which imparts to students the knowledge of human psychology and the associated tenets. It gives them a better understanding of the world and teaches the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.

The average course fee for MA Philosophy ranges between INR 10,000 and INR 1 Lakh. After completing this course, people get opportunities in sectors like Publishing Houses, Divinity, Teaching, Insurance Industries, Diplomacy. The average starting salary ranges from INR 2.5-5 Lakhs.

MA Philosophy: Highlights

Course LevelMasters
Examination TypeSemester-wise/Year-wise
Eligibility for the programGraduation in any course. (Those who have studied philosophy are preferred)
Duration of the program2 years (Can go up to 5 years in distance learning programmes)
Number of students enrolled in Arts ProgramsOver 70 Lakh
Average Tuition FeeINR 10,000- 1 Lakh
Average Salary (per annum)INR 2.5-5 Lakhs
Job ProfilesResearcher, Archivist, Interviewer, Student Affairs Manager, Insurance Underwriter, Administrator, etc.

MA Philosophy: What is it about?

MA Philosophy teaches about different philosophies around the world. The course gives students a new outlook upon the world and makes them understand the nuances of human behaviour. A deep and critical study, this course is majorly a theoretical course and helps students analyze the world better. The course curriculum ranges from Indian philosophers to the Greek philosophers and also encompasses the western philosophers.

The major topics taught include Logic, Ethics, Language, Religion, Reality, etc. The students also study about various ‘isms’ and religious perspectives. 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, symbolization, imagination, Marxism etc.

Who should opt for this 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.

MA Philosophy: Syllabus

The following table gives a brief description of MA Philosophy DU Syllabus.

Semester 1Semester 2
Classical Indian PhilosophyHistory of Western Philosophy
Greek PhilosophyAristotle’s Metaphysics
Formal LogicThe Feminist Thought
EthicsGandhi and Libertarian Socialism
-Meaning of Life
-Exploring Philosophy through Films
Semester 3Semester 4
Analytic PhilosophyPhilosophy of Language
Continental PhilosophyKnowledge and Scepticism
Environmental EthicsFrom Language to Mind
Ethics in BuddhismTheories of Consciousness
Philosophy of Human RightsTheory of Signs and the Semiotic Method
Imagination and SymbolizationTheories of Truth
Indian AestheticsTheories of Self
Understanding MulticulturalismPhilosophy of History

To know more about the syllabus, click here.

MA Philosophy: Top Institutes

Institute NameLocationAverage Fee (per annum)
Lady Shri Ram College for Women-[LSR]New DelhiINR 18,000
Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 60,000
Miranda House CollegeNew DelhiINR 15,000
Hindu CollegeNew DelhiINR 16,000
Ramjas CollegeNew DelhiINR 12,000
Presidency UniversityKolkataINR 2,500
Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala CollegeMumbaiINR 11,000
Ranchi UniversityRanchiINR 15,000
Hislop CollegeNagpurINR 22,000
Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiINR 400
Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal UniversityGarhwalINR 5,000
Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityNew DelhiINR 5,500

MA Philosophy: Eligibility

The basic eligibility for pursuing this course is that the student should have cleared their graduation from a recognized institute. Most of the institutes allow graduates of any stream to pursue this course, even engineering and management. But there are some colleges which make it mandatory for the students to have completed graduation in philosophy or a related subject to study MA philosophy. The students also need to have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in their graduation to study this course in India. Some colleges keep this criterion as just 40%.

Though many colleges entertain undergraduates of any stream, those who have studied philosophy before have an edge over others as their basic fundamentals are clear.

MA Philosophy: Admission Process

Admissions to MA Philosophy in India are conducted through both entrance tests and also on merit basis. 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.

Some of the prominent institutes which conduct entrance tests are:

Some universities which also give admissions on merit basis are:

For admission to Delhi University colleges like Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and Miranda House College, New Delhi, the 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 counseling where they are granted admission by the institute taking the aggregate marks scored by them in the undergraduate course in consideration.

MA Philosophy: Distance Learning

Many colleges and universities offer MA Philosophy in India in distance learning mode also. In such cases, the course duration which is generally 2 years can go up to 5 years. Indira Gandhi National Open University is very well known for giving MA courses as distance education. IGNOU gives direct admissions to its courses and the registration process is very simple.

MA Philosophy: Scope


After one completes the course of MA Philosophy, he/she gets a lot of understanding of the world and human behaviour. Thus, there are a lot of opportunities open for students after they complete this course.  Some of the major profiles are:

  • Students Affairs Manager
  • Administrator
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Interviewer
  • Archivist

To learn more about the recruiting industries and the job descriptions, click here.

Higher Studies

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