The Department offers a program of study leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Philosophy.
The program is named by The Philosophical Gourmet Report as being among the top 15 MA programs in the United States, and among the top 5 MA programs in the Western United States. (There are approximately 190 such programs world-wide.) More generally, Cal State Long Beach is routinely ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public Master’s universities in the West, and was also recently ranked among the top three best value public colleges in the nation by the Princeton Review.
Our graduate program offers rigorous philosophical training in a supportive environment, and is ideal for those who are looking to be more competitive in pursuing doctoral studies (either in Philosophy or related fields), as well as those seeking only a terminal MA. The program is also suited for students who were not necessarily undergraduate philosophy majors or else need additional preparation or qualifications before pursuing work at the doctoral level or in professional programs in medicine, law, technology and business, science, etc.
The current director of the MA program is Prof. Cory Wright. Please feel free to contact him with any questions about things like admissions, program of study, funding, graduate advising, or placement.