• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
"Philosophy" means love of wisdom in Greek. The practice of philosophy begins, as Aristotle said, with a sense of wonder. From simple questions children ask—"Why?", "What is God like?", "Does the universe come to an end?" —to complex queries such as the nature of virtue, the meaning of existence, the nature of human knowledge, the nature of reality, the nature of God, etc. Programs are offered in philosophy and religious studies.
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MTSU's Philosophy Department sponsors an annual lecture series, the Applied Philosophy Lyceum, conceived with Aristotle's Lyceum in mind. The Lyceum has covered topics ranging from issues in environmental ethics to theories of love and friendship. In its 20-year history, the series has brought such distinguished speakers as Arthur Danto, Lewis Gordon, Joel Kovel, Helen Longino, and Bart Ehrman to MTSU. Recent topics included "Misquoting Jesus," "What's a Black Artist?," and "Dressing Down Dressing Up: The Philosophic Fear of Fashion."

Philosophy majors can use their logic, argumentation, and communication skills for a number of professions. Those can range from creating software and developing computer language, to pursuing legal and mediation careers, to helping shape policy for non-profit and governmental organizations. Examples of professions include
  • Curator/archivist/arts management
  • Editor/publisher
  • Executive/management
  • Lawyer
  • Mediator
  • Non-profit policy maker
  • Novelist/non-fiction writer/poet
  • Philosophical counselor
  • Software creator/systems engineer
  • Teacher/professor
  • Technical writer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • PHIL 1030 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2110 - Elementary Logic and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 3120 - Perspectives on Science and Math
  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics
  • PHIL 3160 - Philosophy of Happiness
  • PHIL 3170 - Ethics and Computing Technology
  • PHIL 3200 - Asian Thought
  • PHIL 3300 - Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 3310 - Atheism and Philosophy
  • PHIL 3340 - Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 3345 - Bioethics
  • PHIL 3500 - Philosophy, Race, and Society
  • PHIL 3600 - Philosophy and Film
  • PHIL 3690 - Social Philosophy
  • PHIL 4010 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 4020 - History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 4050 - Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 4150 - Formal Logic
  • PHIL 4200 - Existentialism
  • PHIL 4240 - Recent Continental Philosophy
  • PHIL 4250 - Philosophy of Gender
  • PHIL 4300 - American Philosophy
  • PHIL 4350 - Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 4400 - Analytic Philosophy
  • PHIL 4450 - Marx and Marxism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

General requirements for international applicants
  • Application form for admission
  • $30 application fee
  • International Certificate of Immunization
  • Financial statement indicating sources of support
  • Certificate of Freedom from Tuberculosis
  • All foreign non-immigrant students applying for admission pursuant to a student visa shall submit within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of admission (immediate withdrawal from classes) or continued enrollment. In the event that a student has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  • Submit Varicella (chickenpox) form
For undergraduate admissions, submit the following to the International Admissions Office (Campus Box 120, Peck Hall 216, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA):
  • TOEFL - an official iBT score of 61 or above (173 or above cbt or 500 or above paper-based);
  • IELTS - an official score of 5.5 or above;
  • iTEP - an official score of 3.6 or above.
In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, you may submit the following:
  • ELS passing of Level 110 in place of the above examinations - applicants may submit an official academic record demonstrating successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 110.
If residing in the US and applicable, please submit the following:
  • a copy of the I-94;
  • a copy of the I-20 ID;
  • copy of passport expiration page;
  • copy of visa page of passport.
  • Minimum grade point average is 3.0/4.0 for freshmen and 2.0/4.0 for transfer students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1034 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1034 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    337 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 337 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
    Living Costs

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