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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophical Studies, MAPS

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Dean: Dr. Peter Dorsey
Director of MAPS program: Dr. Christopher Anadale
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Phone: 301-447-5368

Degree Completion Requirements

To receive the MAPS degree, candidates must show proficiency in philosophical logic, complete 31 credits of MAPS coursework with a GPA of at least 3.0, and pass both a Preliminary Paper and a Qualifying Paper. Candidates must complete all degree requirements within three years of completing course work, or within five years of matriculation, whichever comes first. The program director may grant extensions in extraordinary circumstances.

Logic Proficiency

Candidates must show proficiency in philosophical logic. They may do so by earning a grade of C or higher in PHIL 201 or PHIL 202 or their equivalent, or passing a logic proficiency exam. The logic course does not count toward the required MAPS credit hours. The program director may waive this requirement for candidates who have earned a grade of C or higher in a substantially similar logic course at another institution.


Candidates complete 31 credits of course work, including one credit for the Qualifying Paper. Courses should be distributed across historical periods and themes. A typical curriculum will include:


* Non-seminary candidates may substitute other MAP electives for MAP 505  and MAP 506 .

Candidates must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in MAPS course work. Falling below that level will trigger probation and withdrawal from the program.

Preliminary Paper

During the second semester enrolled in the program, candidates write a Preliminary Paper of ten to fifteen pages. This paper is written as part of course work, typically MAP 501 - Moral Philosophy . After being graded, the paper is evaluated on a MAPS graduate writing rubric. Candidates must complete the Preliminary Paper with acceptable rubric marks before submitting a Qualifying Paper proposal.

Qualifying Paper

The Qualifying Paper is a research paper of twenty to thirty pages. Candidates usually develop a proposal during the final semester of course work, and write the paper during the year following completion of course work. Each candidate will work with a MAPS faculty advisor and two faculty readers. Candidates must enroll in the one credit pass-fail course MAP 599  during the semester in which they plan to submit the Qualifying Paper.

Program Information

Program Information: Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies  

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