Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

MA Philosophy Program

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Why an MA in Philosophy at DSPT?

The MA Philosophy degree program offers a rich background in classical, medieval, modern, and contemporary philosophy, with emphasis on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. The approach of our MA Philosophy program is historical and systematic, aiming to understand Aquinas in context, and also the way in which the tradition has interpreted and handed down his thought. An MA in Philosophy from DSPT equips students to master the Western philosophical tradition and bring philosophical thought into fruitful dialogue with theology.

Following the scholastic tradition, our MA Philosophy program is designed to deepen and expand one’s knowledge of the perennial issues of philosophy. Following St. Thomas, this means seeking to understand truth in all its forms and examining the ordered relationships between faith and reason, old and new, Gospel and culture. The academic search is not merely a study of ancient texts and issues, but also involves translation in to contemporary contexts. Our MA in Philosophy equips students for a wide variety of careers in both ecclesial and academic spheres. Many of our MA Philosophy students go on to pursue Ph.D. studies at renowned universities, while others become educators, catechists, social workers, artists, and lawyers.

Thomistic Philosophy in Dialogue 

At DSPT, philosophy involves an ongoing dialogue between St. Thomas and more recent philosophies. The goal is to allow Aquinas to speak to contemporary issues and thinkers, as we draw on various insights in the Thomistic tradition. For example, the faculty in our philosophy department are engaging questions concerning Aquinas and modern science, cognitive science, neuroscience, and phenomenology – all in conjunction with some of the most established secular departments in philosophy and the sciences. 

Students and faculty explore a wide variety of topics and seminars, including:

  • Aristotelian Logic
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • General Ethics
  • History of Philosophy: Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Contemporary
  • Mind and Brain
  • Phenomenology
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Aquinas on Truth
  • Person and Neuroscience
  • Hegel's Philosophical Aesthetics

MA Philosophy Degree Options

MA Philosophy students can choose a thesis or exam option to fufill program requirements. Both options enable students to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the history of Western philosophy, a detailed understanding of sytematic philosophy, an ability to integrate philosophy and theology, and skills for academic research. The Thesis option develops focused knowledge of one specific topic in philosophy, resulting in an 80-page thesis. The thesis option is crucial for preapring students for PhD work. The exam option allows students to demonstrate their mastery through a final comprehensive exam. Additionally, DSPT offers the distinctive Concurrent MA, in which students can achieve their MA in philosophy and an MA in theology.

Explore the Options:

Master of Arts Philosophy (MAPh) - Thesis Option
Master of Arts Philosophy (MAPh) - Exam Option 
Concurrent MA Philosophy and MA Theology - 2 degrees with 1 thesis  

Person, Soul and Consciousness Project - A special academic focus available to MA Philosophy students.

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