48 months
35515 USD/year
35515 USD/year
14542 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Philosophy Department at University of Massachusetts Boston is pluralistic, with faculty that teach and pursue research in almost all major areas of philosophy, including Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy


The Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy Major (ESP) from the University of Massachusetts Boston is designed for students whose primary philosophical interests are in value questions as they relate to the individual, society and the state, who wish to pursue these questions systematically and in depth, and who may seek careers in the law, government, social service, or other fields where moral issues and value questions frequently arise.

Student Activities

The student-run Philosophy Club sponsors weekly meetings, talks and papers, and faculty-student ‘Symposia’ are held twice each semester. For updates about current and upcoming events follow the club on Facebook and Twitter.

Philosophy Outreach Program (POP): Senior undergraduates have been involved in bringing philosophy to local high-school students for the last several years. The program is part of the Harbor Point Outreach Partnership and run biweekly by UMass Boston Philosophy students. See updates and photos from meetings as well as the yearly "Teen philosophers" event at the Boston Common on Facebook and read the recent write-up about the program in the New Haven Independent.      

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Moral and Social Problems 
  • Major Social and Political Thinkers 
  • Ancient Philosophy 
  • The History of Ethics
  • Major Social and Political Thinkers 
  • Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed UMass Boston online admission application
  • Application fee of $100
  • An official high school record, leaving certificate and/or graduation examination results or their notarized copies. All documents in foreign languages must be translated by a certified professional. Records must be sent directly from the institution to be considered official.
  • Academic recommendation letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  • 500-word essay
  • Test scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35515 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35515 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    35515 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35515 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14542 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14542 USD per year during 48 months.

Regional: $25,448/year

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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