Department of Philosophy
Ross Hall, Room 122
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Admission to the M.A. program is highly competitive because we typically limit those students we admit to those we are able to fund for four semesters or two-years, the duration of the degree program. So, applicants should realize that we accept only four or five new students to our program.
Yes, funding is available to those students who officially apply before February 1. Students who received funding for 2015-16 received a full tuition and fee waiver, as well as a stipend of $12078.00. On occasion, the philosophy department awards partial financial assistance for half-time teaching assistants.
All applicants who submit all of the required admission material before February 1 will be considered for a graduate assistantship.
All applicants who submit all of the required admission material before February 1 will be considered for a tuition waiver. Those applicants who apply after the February 1 deadline will be considered for a tuition waiver, but, due to the competitive nature of graduate admission college-wide, the applicant is not guaranteed either a tuition waiver or graduate assistantship. Basically, if the applicant seeks both a tuition waiver and a graduate assistantship, then the applicant is highly encouraged to apply early.
According to the University of Wyoming's Office of Admissions, tuition for graduate students who are residents of the state of Wyoming amounts to $3,780 or $210 per credit hour. For non-resident graduate students, it is $11,322 or $629 per credit hour. The calculation is based upon a full-time nine-credit hour per term. In addition to tuition, the university requires all graduate students to pay a fee of $582 per semester, or $1,164 annually.
All of the elements of the application are important, but our faculty weigh most heavily in deciding to admit a student the content of the student's letters of recommendation and the writing sample. The writing sample enable faculty members to judge whether the student will be able to succeed in our program, and the letters of recommendation provide faculty members with a snapshot of the student's past performance from a colleague in the discipline.
No, the GRE is not required for admission to the program, but the university highly encourages the student to submit GRE scores.
GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date.
The University of Wyoming's institutional code is 4855.
Yes, if the applicant's native language is not English, then the student must take the TOEFL and submit scores to the University of Wyoming.
The applicant is encouraged to submit a writing sample that represents the applicant's philosophical interests. The paper should be well-written and, more importantly, well-argued. Likewise, it should be free of grammatical infelicities and show the admissions committee that the applicant is prepared to do the work required at the graduate level and beyond.
Writing samples that do not address a philosophical topic will be considered. Student's whose interest in philosophy has developed late in their academic career may not have a writing sample on a philosophical topic. We understand that not all students interest in philosophy developed early. So, send the writing sample that represents the best piece of writing completed as an undergraduate and take the opportunity in the personal statement to explain why it is that that writing sample was submitted.
The statement of purpose permits the student to tell the admissions committee a little bit more about their personal aspirations for pursuing an advanced professional degree in Philosophy. Take the time to tell us what sets the applicant apart from other applicants and how the applicant's interests coincide with the interests of one or more faculty members. The applicant will not be required to work directly with the faculty member discussed in the personal statement, but, by mentioning the faculty member by name, the admissions committee will have a better sense of the student's seriousness about attending the program and, ultimately, finishing the program.
Those students who pursue an M.A. in Philosophy many times attended a school where the philosophy major is absent or they are not sure whether they want to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy. We understand this to be the case, so we do not judge more harshly those applicants whose background is not in philosophy. Rather, we view our program as a place to further cultivate interest in a philosophical topic area so that the student may choose either to go on to a Ph.D. program in philosophy or to go on to another professional degree program, like law school.
Admission to the program is highly competitive, and the candidate pool changes from year-to-year. So, we encourage the applicant to re-apply if the student was not admitted last year.
Yes, the student may apply but should realize that funding may not be available.
No, we do not usually consider admitting students in the fall to begin in the spring semester.
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Despite the relatively small size of the faculty, our faculty's interests cover most of the major areas of philosophic research. Our program is mostly focused upon the analytic (or Anglo-American) philosophic tradition that arose in the twentieth century, but we do have at least one member of the department, Harvey Hix, whose expertise includes the continental tradition.
The purpose of an M.A. in Philosophy is not necessarily to specialize in any one area, as one might expect of a doctoral student; rather, the student is encouraged to work closely with a faculty mentor / advisor to cultivate a thesis project that best exemplifies the student's interest in a particular philosophic topic. Of course, that interest should play out in a well-developed thesis project the student will defend at the end of the student's tenure with the university.
Yes, the student is required to complete an M.A. thesis in order to obtain the M.A. degree. For more information about the thesis requirement, please review this page.
Full-time graduate students should complete the degree requirements within two years of beginning the program. The program has been designed to be completed in that amount of time, though the student will need to remain motivated to complete the degree requirements within that time period. It is the student's responsibility to meet regularly with advisors to ensure that they are on track for completing the degree within the allotted time period.
We have been very successful at placing students in Ph.D. programs, law school (J.D. programs), or in other professional degree granting programs. We encourage applicants to review our placement record here.
Applicants to the program are usually admitted as full-time students unless there are certain extenuating circumstances that require the student to be admitted as a "part-time student." Check with the Director of Graduate Studies if "part-time" status is sought.
Yes, we have many community members who take graduate philosophy courses and who are not enrolled in the M.A. program. If a community member is interested in taking a graduate philosophy course and is not a full-time or part-time student in the university, contact us at 307/766-3204 for more information about how to be enrolled for the course.
We do not accept transfer credits from graduate courses taken at other institutions.
No, the nearest Ph.D. in Philosophy program to the University of Wyoming is the University of Colorado at Boulder.
We cannot anticipate whether credits earned in the M.A. program in Philosophy at the University of Wyoming will be transferable to a Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. program will likely have specific requirements of what credits it accepts for transfer. If the graduate requires paperwork, i.e., syllabus, course requirements, etc., the graduate should contact the instructor of record and ask that she or he provide that paperwork.
We make every attempt to alert students of their admission status as soon as possible, but sometimes we are not able to make a final decision about admission until April 1.
The Director of Graduate Studies and the admissions committee will try to make an offer to applicants by April 15, but a final decision about funding depends upon factors sometimes out of the control of the Director, the admissions committee, and the Philosophy department generally speaking.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the University of Wyoming's Financial Aid Office for alternative funding opportunities that may be available to matriculated graduate students.
No, neither the University of Wyoming nor the University of Wyoming Philosophy department are able to pay for travel or hotel accommodations if an applicant is interested in attending the university. Should the applicant visit the area, we encourage the applicant to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, faculty members, or graduate students before the travel date. It is possible that the applicant may be able to stay with a graduate student who is already in the program.
Department of Philosophy
Ross Hall, Room 122
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071