By understanding with the Graduate School of Saint Louis University and individual departments, work for a master's degree can be spread through the three years, as can work on the Bellarmine program requirements, with the first two years spent in the College of Philosophy and Letters and the last year in the Graduate School. A specially convenient master's, adding little to the Bellarmine requirements, is the non-research M.A. in philosophy. This is a terminal degree, focusing on philosophy but not intended for those who wish to pursue further graduate study in philosophy. Its features:
- Thirty credit hours as approved by Departmental Chair.
- A minimum of twenty hours must be at the graduate level.
- A minimum of eighteen hours must be taken in philosophy. At least twelve of these hours must be at the graduate level.
- A student may pursue a minor concentration up to a maximum of twelve hours in no more than two fields other than philosophy, as counseled and approved by the Department of Philosophy.
- Completion of the Review Synthesis Course (three credit hours in philosophy).
- Final examination: A one-hour oral examination, conducted by a board of three members of the faculty, at least two of whom are from the Philosophy Department. The examination will be based on the student's synthesis paper previously prepared in the Review Synthesis Course and will also cover the student's course work.
- Eighteen hours of prerequisites in philosophy, not including introduction to philosophy.