Master of Arts in Philosophy – General Studies

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General Studies Concentration Overview

The General Studies concentration is designed to provide a broader awareness of philosophy in general through an interdisciplinary concentration core. Students must select at least one course from each of the other four concentrations following completion of their co-requisite courses and program core.

Additionally, the concentration will provide students with an understanding of their own identity as individual substances of a rational nature and enable students to cultivate a general philosophical awareness.

The Master of Arts in Philosophy concentration in General Studies is available 100% Online.

Core Curriculum

Holy Apostles requires M.A. in Philosophy candidates to complete a six-credit co-requisite sequence of PHH 605 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy and PHH 620 Modern & Contemporary Philosophy along with a twelve credit core curriculum within the program.  The core courses are as follows:

  • PHE 610: Ethics
  • PHS 610: Philosophical Anthropology
  • PHS 611: Logic and Epistemology
  • PHS 621: Philosophy of Nature and Metaphysics

Four courses must be taken within each area of concentration, and these are clearly marked within each concentration.  The remaining two courses are electives and are preferably also within the concentration.

Coursework

A candidate for the M.A. in Philosophy is required to complete course work from the various areas of graduate study. The specific degree requirements for the General Studies Concentration may be found in the Degree Plan below.

General Studies Concentration Degree Plan

Graduate Capstone

The Summative Evaluation is the capstone of the student’s academic work in the M.A. program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. All candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete a Summative Evaluation exercise, which may take the form of a thesis or a comprehensive exam. Full descriptions of the Summative Evaluation exercise are available on the Summative Evaluation page.

How Do I Apply?

Applicants for the M.A. program should follow the Graduate Admissions procedures. For additional questions or information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Rex, Director of Graduate Admissions at erex@holyapostles.edu

What Are Available Career Paths With This Degree?

Career possibilities with an Master of Arts in Philosophy include but not limited to:

Teaching at a university, college, seminary, or high school
Pursuing a career in law
Pursuing a career in medicine
Bioethics
Journalism
Priesthood/religious life

Faculty

Program Director:

Dr. David Arias
darias@holyapostles.edu

Concentration Chair:

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
smahfood@holyapostles.edu

For a full listing of our faculty, please visit Faculty Listing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete an MA in Philosophy?

  • The M.A. degree program may completed in as little as 1.3 years. There is a 6 year time limit from entry into the program through completion of the degree requirements. Please see the Academic Catalog for additional information. 

Is the program flexible for working individuals?

  • Our 100% online courses make the M.A. degree program flexible for working and busy individuals. 

Are Holy Apostles Faculty faithful to the Magisterium?

  • All members of the faculty must be approved by the bishop in order to ensure fidelity to the magisterium.

Visit our FAQ page for more information. 

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