An evening or online MBA/MA in Philosophy will equip you with the operational skills and philosophical foundations of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition you need to advance your career or prepare for further study.

Philosophers are in high demand in the professional world — business, law, public service — as they are able to think clearly about practical challenges as well as the deeper, ultimate questions. Their study of logic, ethics, goodness, beauty, and truth makes them top candidates for leading corporations in industries from tech to health care and beyond, as they are well-positioned to lead in everything from product design to crafting a corporation’s values and vision. 

The University of Mary’s innovative dual MBA/MA in Philosophy degree will provide you with fascinating, rigorous engagement in the history of philosophy, ethics, human happiness, and reasoning. You will cultivate a philosophical habit of mind and how to apply it to the skills you will learn in your MBA coursework: management, organizational leadership, economic analysis, mission advancement, and more.  

Shaped by this curriculum, you will be formed deeply in the tradition of virtue ethics and Catholic Social Teaching in accord with the Church’s Magisterium, enabling you to bear Christ forth – in the splendor of Truth – as you fulfill your vocation.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

67,600
Number of new legal positions projected to become available in the next 10 years

Program Length

As little as 16 months

Formats

  • Online

  • Evenings at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; and Billings, MT

Tuition per Credit

 $570

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Business leaders and executives looking to advance their practical skills
  • Business professionals interested in acquiring advanced, quantitative business skills
  • Professionals seeking to gain a competitive edge in business, law, or public service
  • Problem-solvers seeking real-world skills to back up their ideas
  • Working professionals and recent graduates in addition to University of Mary students participating in the Year-Round Campus program

Career Paths

  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Director
  • Vice President
  • C-Suite Executive
  • Business Strategist
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Government Official

What You’ll Learn

  • Identify the philosophical foundations of both the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its rivals, especially as they pertain to the common good
  • Make decisions utilizing Benedictine values, ethical frameworks, and professional standards.
  • Identify fundamental distinctions and underlying assumptions, synthesize content, formulate and explicate arguments, and draw meaningful connections between ideas
  • Demonstrate professional competence in written and oral communication to a variety of audiences.
  • Evaluate the contemporary global business environment in an integrated manner to propose business solutions
  • Interpret results from multiple business support tools to inform decision making

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

The following are examples of courses that will be offered for this program. For more information regarding the full list of courses, please contact us.

Reading, Writing, & Argumentation

Students will develop the skills necessary to reason systematically, argue persuasively, write clearly, and communicate effectively. Students will sharpen their logical reasoning by engaging in practices such as summarizing, creating, defending, and critiquing arguments; preparing abstracts; identifying and charitably interpreting ambiguities; writing explanatory and critical essays; and employing appropriate structure, style, and references.

History of Ethical Thought

How should we live? This course tells the story of our reflection on this question; it contrasts classical ethical theories, rooted in a teleological conception of the human condition, with modern and postmodern theories. Philosophers studied will include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Mill, and Nietzsche.

Business and Catholic Social Teaching

Students will analyze workplace diversity and discrimination, workplace conditions, privacy, wages, the use of technology, environmental concerns, and corporate social responsibility. Students will integrate these business topics through meaningful reflection of faith-based readings including Rerum Novarum, Economic Justice for All (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), and John Paul II’s Laborem Exercens.

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For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from regionally accredited colleges and universities and those with military or career and work experience. 

How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

  • Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.
    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
      • Have your transcripts sent to:
        Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
      • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu.
  • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
    • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
    • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
  • Military experience can count towards a degree.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO APPLY?
  • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
  • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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