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About this course

The aim of the program is to help students formulate and respond to fundamental questions about themselves and their world by reading and discussing with others the great books of the Western tradition. The readings are organized into five segments: Literature, Politics & Society, Philosophy & Theology, Mathematics & Natural Science, and History. Students must complete four of these five segments to earn the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree (36 semester credit hours).

The program leading to the Masters of Arts in Liberal Arts is accredited by the Middle States and North Central Associations of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Entry Requirements

International Students

International students form an important part of the student body at St. John's College, bringing valuable and varied perspectives to class discussions. Applicants should be aware, however, that all classes in the Institute involve intensive discussion, requiring ready comprehension of spoken English and the ability to converse fluently. In addition, a high level of proficiency in written English is expected. The college does not offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) preparatory course. All students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE). A TOEFL score of 600 and TWE score of 5 are required for admission.

If the TOEFL-CBT (a computer-based test) is taken, a total score of 250 is required. TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) recommended total score: 112; individual section score of 27 in each area: Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing. Test scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Graduate Admissions Office.