Rooted in the Western philosophical tradition, the MA Philosophy Program will give you a firm foundation in the Augustinian, Thomistic, and Franciscan schools of thought. At the same time, since the philosophers of the program take seriously all that has happened in modern and contemporary philosophy, you will also explore more recent trends in philosophy, with special attention given to phenomenology, the philosophy of the human person, and the issues of personalist ethics.
After completing the program you will be equipped to continue studies for a PhD in philosophy or go on to graduate studies in any number of other areas, such as literature, political science, history, jurisprudence, and theology. Other graduates have gone on to work in healthcare, law, business, education, and the arts. Whatever your career goals, an MA in philosophy will help sharpen your powers of critical thinking and deepen your understanding of the most fundamental questions of human existence.
Philosophy is a work of reason and does not base itself upon faith and revelation. At the same time, the philosophers of the program recognize that reason and faith stand in positive relation to each other. Faith cannot contradict reason and, in fact, provides a fertile soil for the development of philosophical wisdom and insight, suggesting fruitful hypotheses, important questions, and paths of inquiry. In turn, reason helps render the mysteries of faith more understandable and increases our ability to communicate with others about those mysteries.
Our program also features an optional concentration in bioethics. This course of study takes special note of the relationship between biotechnological breakthroughs and the dignity of the human person, preparing graduates to contribute to building up the culture of life.
“The Center for Bioethics at Franciscan University makes a wonderful contribution both to the Church and our society by articulating the compelling public reasons for the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person. Dr. Patrick Lee and his associates are truly doing their part to build what Pope St. John Paul II called a 'culture of life' and a 'civilization of love.'" –Most Rev. Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
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