Philosophy, M.A. | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
12 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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Philosophy candidates at the Catholic University of America must have received a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution. Although an undergraduate degree in philosophy is not required for admission to the M.A./Ph.L. program, where deficits exist, students will be required to make them up through additional graduate coursework in select philosophical disciplines.


Requirements for the Philosophy degree at the Catholic University of America:

  • Candidates must complete, in residence, two semesters of full-time study (or the equivalent). A minimum of eight three-credit graduate courses is required. Students may not repeat a graduate philosophy course in order to raise their grade.
  • M.A. or Ph.L. degree candidates must complete all degree requirements within three years after admission to the program.
  • Candidates must present a thesis, the title of which is to be submitted for approval by the faculty
  • In order to hold the M.A. Oral Examination (see below), the thesis must first be approved by the director and the reader, and the final manuscript of the thesis must be deposited with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Those hoping to be counted among May graduates should be aware that the School of Philosophy's deadline for deposit of the thesis is one week prior to the final date for depositing theses and dissertations identified on the University's Academic Calendar.
  • Detailed instructions about the preparation of the final copy and other procedures may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • Six credits are awarded for the thesis upon the completion of all other requirements for the degree.
  • A written translation examination, administered by the School of Philosophy, in which the candidate demonstrates basic reading competence in either French, German, Greek, or Latin.
  • An oral examination, of one hour, before four members of the faculty. The oral examination must take place before the end of the second semester after the semester in which the student completes required course work.
  • Students are permitted to do doctoral course work before all requirements for the M.A. are completed, but such coursework neither entails admission to the Ph.D. program, nor itself constitutes an argument for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Language Requirements

For the master's degree or licentiate, a reading knowledge of French, German, Latin, or Greek is required. All language requirements must be fulfilled one year prior to the time of the presentation of the candidate's degree.In order to demonstrate reading knowledge in the requisite language, the student must pass a translation examination administered by the School of Philosophy. 

Students with no prior knowledge of French or German are advised to take the reading competency course in the language (GER 500 or FREN 500) offered every semester by the Department of Modern Languages before attempting the School of Philosophy examination.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • History of Ancient Philosophy
  • History of Medieval Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Theories of Ethics
  • Metaphysics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
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