Braniff Graduate School Academic Programs:

The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts is home to twelve master’s programs ranging from fine art to psychology, programs for teachers, like the Catholic Teacher Certificate and the Classical Education Graduate Program, and the Institute of Philosophic Studies offering doctoral degrees in literature, philosophy and politicsWhether you're coming straight from undergraduate study — or making a change mid-career — our programs will prepare you for your next move.

Master's Programs

Doctoral Programs

The Institute of Philosophic Studies is the doctoral degree-granting body of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Founded on the idea that any inquiry into present reality and any serious projects for the future are bound up with the principles developed through the tradition of Western liberal education and the Christian intellectual life, the Institute seeks to summon both faculty and students to the task of recovering and renewing those traditions.

Doctoral students in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts spend a significant portion of their course time reading from a selection of  Great Books, and together they engage the fundamental principles and issues that are formative of the literary, political and philosophical strains  that form the foundation of the Western liberal tradition. Similarly, master’s students’ programs of study  are  informed by a unique sense of paideia, the education of the soul (by which the Ancient Greeks meant the “basic self”).

Programs for Teachers

Institutes & Non-credit Programs

Contemporary Scholarship with a Classical Foundation

Deeply committed to the recovery and renewal of the Western heritage of liberal arts and the Christian intellectual tradition, studying at the University of Dallas Braniff Graduate School means that you will engage in interdisciplinary scholarly discussions, read the Great Books, and consider timeless questions and contemporary issues in search of principled and transformative wisdom. Each area of study is informed by a unique sense of paideia, the education of the soul, which attends to the person as a whole.

Our unique approach to graduate education – contemporary scholarship grounded in the classical tradition – helps you to think rigorously, creatively, and ethically about your chosen discipline.

The Braniff Graduate School also offers a number of programs and institutes for teachers who desire to deepen their understanding of their disciplines as well as an ongoing series of colloquia, lectures, exhibits and salons for students, faculty, and the intellectually-curious public.

Join a community of scholars.

Engage in discussion both inside and outside the classroom with peers who are committed to living the life of the mind.

Read the Great Books.

Encounter nothing less than the writings of the finest minds of the Western world. Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche are just a few of the thinkers we explore here.

Learn from dedicated professors.

Dr. Greg Roper has interests in Middle English literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, and pedagogy. He has published essays on Medieval penitential manuals and their influence on late Medieval literature, on the Canterbury Tales, and on teaching survey courses and literary theory.

Learn for life.

Adult learners interested in taking courses, but not seeking a degree, are welcome at the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.