Doctorate in Philosophy


Catholic University of Lublin Doctorate in Philosophy Program

The Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) invites graduates of Holy Apostles College & Seminary to participate in a freelance-dissertation process that will result in the production and defense of a dissertation with a KUL faculty member.

The broad strokes are as follows:

  • Students with theology degrees will be required to pass exams on the basic philosophical disciplines, and Holy Apostles will offer propaedeutic philosophy courses for HACS alumni who need them to prepare for the KUL program.
  • Students participating in the freelance dissertation program will not be required to do coursework at KUL to complete the research doctorate but may take advantage of Holy Apostles’s Advanced Graduate Certificate in Philosophy program to prepare them for the dissertation ahead. Students who complete the AGC at Holy Apostles may demonstrate their eligibility to enter into the Ph.D. program that Holy Apostles is currently developing and potentially write their dissertation with a Holy Apostles advisor and a KUL advisor. This would enable those who are accepted into both programs to simultaneously complete two doctoral degrees that will be accredited on two continents.
  • All students with a desire to participate in this dual degree plan must complete the four Christian Wisdom courses taught at Holy Apostles to prepare them for working with the faculty at KUL. Information on these four courses may be found at http://www.holyapostles.edu/jointcertification/
More information concerning KUL may be found online at http://www.philosophy.kul.pl/program-of-studies-philosophy-phd/

The cost of the KUL research doctorate program is 3,200 Euros per year, which converts into $3534.16 at today’s exchange rate.

There is a travel expense to and from Lublin to defend the dissertation at the end of the process. The cost of airfare to Lublin from New York is between $800 and $1,000. Once in Lublin, the Catholic University will provide free room and board.

Since KUL will be entirely responsible for its own program, US-based financial aid is not available to cover expenses incurred as a result of a student’s working with KUL.

The cost of Holy Apostles’ Advanced Graduate Certificate program to prepare students for the writing of a freelance dissertation with KUL is $320 per credit hour. The AGC is 30 credit hours. A description of the AGC may be found at http://www.holyapostles.edu/advanced-graduate-certificate-programs/. Note that for Spring 2018, AGC courses are suspended pending completion of the accreditation review. We expect the AGC courses will resume in Summer 2018. More updates will be posted after the review process is complete.

The cost of the Joint Certificate in Christian Wisdom is $3,500 if paid all at once. See http://www.holyapostles.edu/jointcertification/ for details on the certificate program.

As a program pre-requisite, prospective students must have earned either a Master of Arts in Philosophy or a Master of Arts in Theology from an accredited college or university. Once accepted into the KUL program, students will be required to take pre-requisite work in Christian Wisdom through the four-course Christian Wisdom sequence from Holy Apostles (listed below) if they have not already taken these courses.

PHS   731     The One and the Many
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas concerning the nature of the metaphysical principles of unity and multiplicity and the essential role that these principles play in the existence of things and all other principles of being, becoming, and knowing, including those of experience, art, philosophy, science. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Peter Redpath.

PHS   741     St. Thomas Aquinas on Being and Nothingness
This course will help students to learn the most important metaphysical doctrines of St. Thomas. It presents an understanding of reality from Being itself (God) to nothingness (complete absence of being). We shall mostly focus on primary texts from Aquinas, but, when appropriate, we shall read selections from other thinkers who have influenced Aquinas, such as Aristotle and St. Augustine. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Robert Delfino.

PHS   751     The True, the False, the Lie and the Fake

This course is a s study the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about truth and its opposites, the false, the lie, and the fake in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and good and evil; and different kinds of falsehood, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Curtis Hancock.

PHS   761     The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful and the Ugly
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about good and its opposite, evil, and the beautiful and it opposite, the ugly, in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and truth and error, and different kinds of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Peter Redpath.

Applicants will also find it helpful to have a general background in Latin – enough to translate documents from Latin to English with the help of a dictionary.

To apply for the freelance dissertation program, you’ll need to begin collecting for submission the following documents:

  • a photocopy of the certificate of secondary education (High School Diploma/General Certificate of Secondary Education) entitling to enroll for studies in the country of issue,
  • a photocopy of MA diploma when the candidate would like to apply for PhD studies,
  • a photocopy of certificate in Christian Wisdom from the partnership of The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas, the Adler-Aquinas Institute and Holy Apostles,
  • a certificate confirming the command of English (here you can find “The list of certificates confirming the command of English”),
  • a photocopy of the applicant’s passport,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • Letter of Recommendation from the Church authorities (only clergymen),
  • proof of payment of registration and first semester fees.

For assistance with any part of the application process, please contact the institute secretary Hamida Alsayed at alsayedhamida@yahoo.com.

If you have questions that Hamida cannot answer, please contact Dr. Piotr Kulicki at kulicki@kul.lublin.pl

Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz (ptarasiewicz@holyapostles.edu), who serves as an adjunct faculty member and chair of the Ethics Concentration at Holy Apostles College & Seminary, is the Liaison-Dean of the graduate philosophy program at the Catholic University of Lublin.

The faculty advisors for the freelance dissertation program at Catholic University of Lublin are as follows within these fields:

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