As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer fully funded Master’s Programs in Philosophy or fund most students in their master’s program. M.A.s in Philosophy have a variety of career options, including teaching, writing in a variety of contexts, and further academic work.
Fully-funded M.A. programs can be difficult to find. Because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students, M.A. candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, there are some universities that offer funded M.A. programs. “Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s master’s studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their master’s students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential M.A. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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(Fort Collins, CO): Each year, the department offers 6-7 graduate teaching assistantships to incoming graduate students. These funding packages cover tuition, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.
(Tallahassee, FL): In recent years, all admitted students on both the M.A. track and the Ph.D. track have been fully funded. Funding includes a tuition waiver and a stipend, as well as payment of the health insurance premium.
(Atlanta, GA): The Department offers a funding package to every graduate student it admits to the M.A. program. Every funding package includes subsidized health insurance and a full waiver of tuition (which in 2020-21 was $4,776/semester for Georgia residents and $15,108/semester for out-of-state residents).
(Oxford, OH): Funding is available for most students. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. These carry a work expectation of approximately 15-20 hours per week assisting a faculty member. In 2019-2020, assistantships were $13,500 plus the remission of tuition costs. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive a summer scholarship for summer study.
(Lubbock, TX): Teaching Assistantships are provided to almost all students admitted to the program. The philosophy department typically awards 9 or 10 Teaching Assistantships each year. Stipends are commensurate with duties. The standard TA stipend is $15,000.
(Fayetteville, AR): Departmental teaching assistantships are available. For 2019-2020 the stipend was $12,400, plus a tuition waiver. In addition to this and external scholarships, the Graduate School offers a number of fellowships and employment opportunities.
(Oxford, MS): Each year they award four or five, two-year Teaching Assistantships to incoming graduate students. These feature a 100% tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $11,500.
(Toledo, OH): Most full-time students in UToledo’s master’s philosophy program receive a teaching assistantship (a full tuition waiver and stipend). Moreover, many students are invited to teach their own courses in their third or fourth semesters.
(Milwaukee, WI): A number of graduate teaching assistantships are available, offering full tuition remission and salaries of approximately $9,075. Normally, provided they make adequate progress toward the degree, students who enter with graduate teaching assistantships will have them for the full two years.
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