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The MAPR program in philosophy is designed primarily for Jesuit scholastics, although it is open to others who seek to enhance their philosophical knowledge but do not satisfy the stand-alone MA program’s entrance requirement of 24 undergraduate credits in philosophy.

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


36 hours of course work in philosophy (12 courses), including:

  • Introductory Seminar;
  • Four author courses (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas);
  • Two ethics courses (Natural Law Ethics and Normative Ethical Theory);
  • Four electives in modern and contemporary philosophy; and
  • Integration Seminar.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in coursework. Only six credits of 2.0 (C) will be credited toward the degree. Twelves credits of C eliminate a student from the program.

The Integration Seminar includes a requirement for a paper that integrates the work done in two courses taken in the program.