Graduates with advanced degrees in philosophy from The Catholic University of America bring a Catholic Mind and demonstrated success to a broad range of career options beyond teaching and philosophical research, including law, business, writing, journalism, and policy-making.

Catholic philosophy is grounded in reality as it is, and as such our graduates bring highly trained minds to solve problems in the real world with creativity and imagination. They excel in critical thinking, persuasive writing, argument analysis, logic, argumentation, and effective communication.

The School of Philosophy offers graduate degree programs leading to the Master of Arts or Licentiate. Along with the civil accreditation normal for American institutions of higher learning, the School of Philosophy is also an ecclesiastical faculty accredited by the Holy See according to the norms of the apostolic constitution Sapientia christiana.

The first post-baccalaureate course of study, either the Master of Arts or the Licentiate, is a single program with the same requirements under the direction of the same faculty. The student chooses either to have the degree granted as the Master of Arts to express the civil accreditation and effects, or the Licentiate to express the ecclesiastical accreditation and effects of the same course of study.