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Graduate Liberal Arts Admissions

Apply for your master's degree or the Institute of Philosophic Studies doctoral program. Admission is a five-step process. 

1. Consider your eligibility.  

While admissions criteria vary by program, all applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree before enrolling in any of the Braniff Graduate School’s programs. 

2. Review the application requirements. 

Application requirements for the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts vary, depending on degree and student status. Find out the application requirements for your program >

3. Start your online application. 

Once we receive all of your application documents, we  will begin the admissions evaluation process. 

4. Check the deadlines. 

Master's Programs (Excluding Art): 
Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications for the upcoming semester. Late applications are considered, but meeting these deadlines will help ensure that you get all your materials together in a timely fashion.

Fall Semester Applicants Spring Semester Applicants
Recommended deadline: July 15 Recommended deadline: November 15

Doctoral & Art Programs: 
All application materials for the Doctoral & Art Programs must be submitted by the deadline. If accepted for admission to the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, students begin in the fall semester.

Fall Semester Applicants  
Deadline: February 1 Applications accepted for fall semester only.

Find out when classes start on the University of Dallas Academic Calendar.

5. Explore your financial aid options.

You may be eligible to apply for tuition assistance. Learn more about your financial aid options >


Our aim is to provide you with personalized attention to help you make the right decision about your educational future. If you have questions about the admissions process, our programs or wish to check on the status of your application, please contact your personal Graduate Admissions Counselor by clicking here.

We also invite you to review our frequently asked questions.

The Institute of Philosophic Studies

The Institute of Philosophic studies was founded as an effort to work against the tendency in higher education at the Ph.D. level towards ever-increasing specialization, technical jargon and indifference to human needs.

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Our master’s degree programs are informed by a sense of what the Ancient Greeks called "paideia," a philosophy of education based on the education of the mind and the soul.

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The Braniff Graduate Student Association

Drawn together as a community of scholars by the unique values that form the foundation of our graduate liberal arts education, students enrolled in the Braniff Graduate School are members of the BGSA, an organization founded to further the interests of graduate students at UD.

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Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

There are many ways that we can help you afford your graduate education.

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