Great Reasons to Attend
Concurrent MA Philosophy/ MA Theology
"When graduating from college, I was looking for a place to study both philosophy and theology – I don’t think that either can be studied in its fullness without the other. I discovered that, unlike any of the other schools I researched, DSPT offers a Concurrent MA program in which I could earn two MA degrees and integrate philosophy and theology without losing the distinction between them. This is the reason I am here.” - Christopher Ragusa
"At DSPT you can pursue MA degrees in philosophy and theology simultaneously through the Concurrent MA program. This reflects the general outlook of the school, which seeks to integrate the study of both fields while at the same time respecting the principles and methods proper to each. I cannot think of another school that offers this integrated approach in such a comprehensive manner." - Matthew Horwitz
"The Concurrent MA program has exceeded any expectations I had for a masters program; it is founded on the beautiful and symbiotic relationship between philosophy and theology. You cannot properly discuss theology without a philosophical model. In other words, studying philosophy for its own sake allows you to engage theology to its fullest degree." - Rodrigo Berrios
In most colleges and universities today the departments of philosophy and theology are separated and little conversation between them can be found. Recognizing that this division is a modern and unnatural phenomenon, the Dominican tradition follows the more ancient practice of integrating the two disciplines so that each can be approached in its full integrity in relationship with the other. At DSPT, the study of philosophy for its own sake is highly valued, and many of our theology courses include a substantial philosophical component. Our Concurrent MA program
is a unique opportunity to earn two MA degrees by integrating the study of philosophy and theology and writing a single thesis.
The Dominican approach to education is centered in particular on the "Angelic Doctor," St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274), one of the most influential figures in human history and certainly one of the greatest philosophers and theologians of the Catholic Church. St. Thomas eagerly sought truth wherever it could be found, drawing on the great Christian, Jewish, Muslim and pagan thinkers of the tradition. His unfinished masterwork of Christian doctrine, the Summa Theologica, was called by one modern scholar "the work of a heart fundamentally at peace" and continues to have a profound influence today. St. Thomas insisted that philosophy is extremely important in the study of theology. DSPT carries on this tradition in its quest for truth, seeking those foundational principles from which we can confidently and meaningfully address the pressing concerns of our time.