• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
As a distinctive field of study, however, philosophy works at a level of generality not often found in other disciplines. Philosophy asks the questions we need to ask in order to justify the assumptions that so often guide our work in other fields of study. The Philosophy programme is offered at Marist College.
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The term “philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom.” It comes from the Greek words philos (love) and sophia (theoretical wisdom). In one sense, anyone who is trying to make sense of the world, wishes to understand it, and is undertaking activity aimed at expanding her or his understanding of the world is a philosopher. Philosophy permeates all the disciplines of study. So, in a sense, philosophy is everywhere.

So, philosophy is both a theoretical and an applied discipline. Philosophers ask questions about what the world is like, what we can know about it, what we should value, how we should act, and how we should govern ourselves. In doing so, they may consider direct applications of their work to various “real world” problems. But it is often those who were trained in philosophy who are employed outside of colleges and universities who discover exciting and new applications of philosophical theories in solving problems in their chosen careers.


Philosophy majors pursue a wide range of careers. Very few go on to do graduate work in philosophy and wind up as philosophy professors. Many go on to law school. A growing number are going on to medical school. But philosophy majors can be found in almost any profession. The fact is that the skills acquired as a result of studying philosophy are regarded as desirable in many careers. Especially when joined with majoring and minoring in another field, the combination of experiences makes philosophy students well-positioned to enter an array of careers.

A sample of the diversity of careers in which philosophy majors have been successful include arts and entertainment, broadcasting and journalism, business and finance, law and politics, religion, and many other areas. For instance, did you know that one of the writers and directors of The Big Lebowski (Ethan Coen) has a B.A. in philosophy? 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Early Decision: November 15th
      • Early Action: November 15th
      • Early Decision 2: February 1st
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Why Major or Minor in Philosophy at Marist
  • Philosophy complements any area of study. Philosophy fine-tunes skills that are desirable among employers. Philosophy trains students to become creative problem-solvers. 
  • Philosophy encourages questioning accepted dogmas and subjecting them to rational critique. Training in philosophy enables students to look at challenges in new ways, focusing on dimensions of problems others may fail to address. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application: You can choose between the Marist Application (online or print), Common Application, or Coalition Application. 

  • Secondary school transcript(s)

  • SAT/ACT scores:  Marist is a test-optional school, but you can still submit your scores for consideration

  • Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a counselor and the other from a teacher

  • Personal essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Health Insurance: $3,275

Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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