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Philosophy, Professional Track, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Kansas City, MO, United States
Philosophy, as “love of wisdom,” explores the most fundamental questions of human experience, questions concerning the nature of the human person, the existence of God, immortality, freedom, the nature of moral and political values, the question of being, appearance and reality, knowledge and truth.


A variety of richly developed and intellectually exciting answers to these questions, and many others, are explored in a systematic and rigorous way by means of a study of the work of outstanding classical and contemporary philosophers.

The study of philosophy enables the student to explore the most vital issues of human life and existence, issues which elude more specialized disciplines; at the same time, because of philosophy’s emphasis on skills in logical clarification,  organization of ideas, and detailed argumentation, it helps cultivate the capacity to think and write with clarity, consistency, and informed insight. Philosophy also promotes the ability to recognize and evaluate assumptions and implications, and at the same time frees the thinker from ideology and overspecialization.

It is essential for a liberal education that each student learn to philosophize and to continue to think through the understanding one has of oneself in the world. Thus Rockhurst requires a certain minimum number of philosophy courses and  encourages students to take even more. The required core courses in the philosophical mode of inquiry explore the fundamental notions underlying all human existence, and the nature of value and the philosophical basis of moral judgment. These courses contribute to the formation of a broad and coherent outlook, and provide a framework for the development of intellectual habits which foster a life-long integration of knowledge.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reality and Human Existence
  • Ethical Theory
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete an online admission application
  • Counselor's written recommendation
  • ACT or SAT test score. Applicants must either take the American College Testing Program (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A minimum ACT composite and English category score of 20 or minimum SAT score of 950 is required
  • Official high school academic credentials, translated into English if necessary. Rockhurst recommends Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and requires a "course-by-course" report. Fill out and print an online ECE application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17900 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17900 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kansas City

  • 980 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Although international students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid, undergraduate applicants may be eligible for merit scholarships of $9,500-20,000.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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