The M.A. program is designed to serve both those who intend to go on to work in philosophy at the doctoral level at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and those who wish to pursue philosophical studies beyond the baccalaureate level for other reasons. It can provide philosophical training of interdisciplinary relevance for students intending to work in other scholarly areas, in business, or in the professions, as well as for those wishing to teach in schools or community colleges.
While a thesis option is available, the M.A. program primarily emphasizes course work.