• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Philosophy - Religious Studies programme from Marist College seeks answers to questions concerning the nature and value of existence, the scope of human knowledge, what is right and good, and what constitutes the best form of social life. The study of philosophy also promotes clear, precise, and logical thinking..
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The Philosophy - Religious Studies programme from Marist College is not only integrated into the Core program but are also available as electives and as areas of more in-depth study (including the minor programs in Religious Studies and Catholic Studies). The departmental offerings are taught with an emphasis on both the academic and experiential insights gained from religion as a "living and growing organism" (T. Ludwig). 

While the Department highly values the Catholic tradition handed down from the Marist Brothers who founded the College, Religious Studies courses are non-confessional. Instead, the emphasis is placed on appreciating the historical, cultural and critical development of this vital branch of study, as well as inquiring into the role of religion with regard to contemporary moral problems.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills (in oral and written expression) and critical reading skills by learning to identify, analyze, and understand arguments.
  • Students will recognize and develop an appreciation for the problems and challenges that arise in the major sub-divisions of philosophy by engaging in scholarly research and writing.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the development of philosophical ideas through our intellectual history by engaging in scholarly research and writing.
  • Students will develop an understanding of and appreciation for how philosophy can inform and be informed by the concerns in other disciplines and everyday life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Early Decision: November 15th
    • Early Action: November 15th
    • Regular Decision: February 1st
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Introduction to Logic 
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Ethics
  • Pragmatism 
  •  Existentialism 
  • Ancient Philosophy 
  • Medieval Philosophy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Completed Undergraduate Admission Application, with fee: We accept either the Marist application or the Common application with a Marist supplement.
  • Official transcript(s): from all high schools attended, including your most recent grades available at the time of application.
  • Writing sample.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a counselor and the other from a teacher.
  • Optional: Official SAT or ACT.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results, if English is not your primary language.
  • Certificate of Financial Resources form: for non-U.S. citizens.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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