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MA Philosophy

A philosophy degree in ageless wisdom, for the present age.

This two-year program offers the full breadth of Western philosophy, with emphasis on the thought of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. The MA, Philosophy from DSPT equips students to master the Western philosophical tradition and bring philosophical thought into fruitful dialogue with theology. Our program also values the contributions of thinkers across ages, cultures, and intellectual traditions.

Applicants may apply for the MA Philosophy Thesis Option or the MA Philosophy Exam Option. The main difference between these two options is the capstone of the program.

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Master of Arts, Philosophy


The MAPh Program helps students develop knowledge in both the history of philosophy and systematic philosophy. Students learn to place these traditions in critical dialogue with modern and contemporary philosophical thought.

Recommended for those with an interest in advanced graduate studies, the MAPh Thesis Option allows students to explore a focused area of academic research on a particular topic of interest through elective coursework and a written thesis. An oral defense of that thesis provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills in oral communication.

Students who enroll in the Exam Option integrate their knowledge in both history and systematic philosophy with a chosen area of contemporary inquiry. They also complete the Academic Forum Capstone, providing them an
opportunity to examine focused topics of interest in a collaborative learning environment.

The MAPh is a two-year program that requires a total of 48-semester units, distributed as described below. The maximum time permitted for the completion of the program is four years. All students in the MAPh program are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. A grade of “B-” (2.7) or better is necessary in all courses used to satisfy core requirements in the program.

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Program Requirements: MA Philosophy, Thesis Option

Program Requirements: MA Philosophy, Exam Option