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Graduate Success

Studies show that philosophy majors score higher than any other group on the verbal section of the GRE and much higher than any other humanities majors on the quantitative section. On the LSAT and GMAT, philosophy majors perform substantially better than majors in any other field except economics.

Mount philosophy majors have gone on to graduate studies in law, international relations, political science, literature and philosophy at institutions such as:

  • Georgetown University

  • American University

  • University of Delaware

  • University of Maryland

  • Catholic University of America

Practical Philosophy

Because of the rigorous training it provides in logic, the analysis of abstract conceptual relationships, and the interpretation of difficult texts, a philosophy major develops exactly the qualities that employers and graduate schools in many fields seek in their future leaders. In addition to preparing interested students for graduate study in philosophy, a philosophy major is one of the best preparations available for graduate study in law, business, and education, as well for a wide range of positions in business, journalism, publishing, government, and ministry. Philosophy majors often combine their interest in philosophy with majors and minors in a variety of other liberal-arts and pre-professional disciplines.

Philosophy majors also tend to do better than average on standardized graduate admissions exams. According to U.S. Department of Education studies:

  • On the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), philosophy majors nationwide consistently achieve among the highest scores of all majors. Philosophy majors have as good a record as political science majors for admission to top law schools.

  • Philosophy majors outperformed all other disciplines on the verbal portion of the GRE exam, and outside the natural sciences, only philosophy and economics majors significantly beat the national average on the quantitative portion of the GRE.

  • The highest performers on the GMAT exam (for business school) were philosophy, mathematics, and engineering majors.

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