Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA

About the MA in Social Philosophy at Loyola

The Master of Arts (MA) in Social Philosophy offered through Loyola University Chicago's respected Department of Philosophy delivers a distinctive graduate learning experience and a degree that will set you apart in your career.

Our social philosophy degree offers a strong foundation in ethical, political, and other philosophical issues concerning society and social justice.

As a student in the MA in Social Philosophy program, you will learn to analyze the human condition through the complex social, political, economic, and cultural contexts that characterize today's global landscape. And you will study in the heart of a vibrant philosophical community, mentored by Loyola's renowned researchers and scholars.

Program Structure

The MA in Social Philosophy can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Classes are held at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, located on Chicago's North Side, right along Lake Michigan in a diverse and dynamic residential area.

The master's in social philosophy is a 10-course, 30-credit-hour program that includes courses in moral philosophy, social philosophy, and five electives that can be chosen from a wide variety of topics.

Why Choose Loyola for Your MA in Social Philosophy?

A unique degree program and distinctive area of scholarship

Loyola’s MA in Social Philosophy is one of the few programs of its kind in the country that emphasizes philosophical issues as they relate to society and social justice, empowering you with a unique degree and distinctive graduate credential.

You will take two courses in moral philosophy, three courses in social philosophy, and five electives, some of which may be chosen from other graduate departments as a way to mold the curriculum around your interests and career goals.

Through the social philosophy degree, you will immerse yourself in the most pressing and complex social, political, economic, and cultural issues that characterize today’s global landscape and learn to analyze the human condition through that lens.

You will take advantage of a graduate learning experience at our Lake Shore Campus in the heart of Chicago, with opportunities nearby for research, conferences, lectures, and seminars at world-renowned institutions.

Our welcoming and collaborative academic community will support you every step of the way. Our social philosophy degree features a heightened emphasis on social justice and underrepresented fields like critical philosophy of race, queer theory, and feminism.

You will gain personalized guidance and mentorship from world-renowned Loyola University Chicago faculty who will engage you in leading-edge research activities as well as workshops, assistantships, and seminars.

Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy houses one of the largest philosophy faculties in the United States, representing a distinctively pluralistic approach to philosophy focusing on the critical inquiry of diverse philosophical topics in a humble, respectful and diverse climate. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

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If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA totals $34950.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall & Spring: Rolling admission

Please note that decisions are typically delivered 2 weeks following complete application submission.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Philosophy: Social Philosophy MA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Writing Sample

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals. Please note there is a writing sample requirement that needs to be completed in addition to this section.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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