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Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources

This page details the current requirements for the MAPR in Philosophy. The department has a proposal (click for details) to modify these requirements awaiting approval by the State of New York. Once they are approved, students entering the MAPR program in 2015 will be offered the opportunity to pursue the new program.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the MAPR, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate primary texts in philosophy
  • Identify, evaluate, and formulate philosophical arguments
  • Exhibit familiarity with major texts, themes and authors in the history of philosophy
  • Engage in philosophical conversations and recognize philosophical ideas in those conversations
  • Personally consider the philosophical ideas studied in the program leading to a balanced, comprehensive, integrated and coherent synthesis of them

The Program


The Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources is provided for scholastics in the Society of Jesus, for students pursuing graduate degrees in other disciplines and wishing to enhance their understanding of philosophy, and for students pursuing the graduate study of philosophy who do not have the requisite background to pursue the MA degree. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of not less than 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work or for at least six credits of graduate work.


All MAPR students take 36 hours (12 classes) of coursework according to the following distribution:

  • four author courses (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas)
  • two historical survey courses
  • two contemporary philosophy courses
  • two ethics courses
  • a two-semester integration seminar

All students must maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in coursework, and a maximum of six hours of C level (2.0) coursework will be credited toward completion of the degree requirements. Students with twelve hours of C level (2.0) coursework will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Oral Examination

All MAPR students must sit for an oral comprehensive examination before a three-member faculty panel.

Language Requirement

MAPR students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one language other than English, either by completing a graduate reading course or by taking a departmentally administered language exam. Students who satisfy the requirement by taking a graduate reading course must earn a grade of B or higher in the course. For more details, see the Language Requirement page of the Graduate Student Handbook.