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2021 - 2022 Catalog 
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Philosophy, M.B.A./M.A. Dual Degree

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Program Chair: Dr. Karel Sovak

Degree Type: Dual Degree in Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts

The University of Mary’s dual MBA/MA in Philosophy degree provides students with a habit of mind by which they are able to address practical challenges as well as think clearly about deeper, ultimate questions.  Through the cultivation of critical thinking strategies and rigorous engagement with the history of ethics, the history of political philosophy, and competing conceptions of human flourishing, students come to better understand the philosophical foundations of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its rivals, all while developing the ability to reason well, argue persuasively, write clearly, and communicate effectively. Students also learn how to apply what they learn to essential practices of successful business professionals, such as management, organizational leadership, economic analysis, and mission advancement.

All this will take place in the context of the University of Mary’s Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine culture that prepares students to be virtuous leaders in their careers and communities.

Who will benefit from this program?

This program is for those seeking to gain a competitive edge in careers in business, law, or public service.  It is also for those who wish to further their education for personal enrichment by coming to understand the relationship between the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and fulfilling one’s vocation through professional practice. It is well-suited for working professionals and recent graduates, including University of Mary students participating in the Year-Round Campus program.


Students completing an MBA/MA in Philosophy Dual Degree will be able to:

  • 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.

Major Requirements

Total: 36 Semester Credits

2 academic years / 4 semesters / 64 weeks

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