Master of Arts in Philosophy – Systematic Philosophy

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Systematic Philosophy Concentration Overview

The Systematic Philosophy concentration will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of nature, human nature, and human thought from a Roman Catholic perspective.   Topics include epistemology, metaphysics, categorical logic, philosophy of nature, and the study of the soul.

In addition, the program will educate students in the major thematic branches of Western Philosophy and cultivate within students intellectual habits and methodologies  appropriate to the various areas of systematic philosophy.

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

Core Curriculum

Holy Apostles College and Seminary 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 Systematic Philosophy Concentration may be found in the Degree Plan below.

Systematic Philosophy Concentration Sample 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.

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. Robert Delfino
rdelfino@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 2 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 the faculty members 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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