The University of Dallas Classical Education Graduate Program fosters inquiry, cultivates
virtue, and instills wisdom.
By providing foundations in classical principles and pedagogy, the Classical Education
Graduate Program aspires to form educators as master teachers. Students in the program
explore the historical, philosophic, literary, aesthetic, rhetorical, and scientific
roots of the liberal arts in the Western tradition. With a dedicated faculty and staff
drawing on extensive experience in the academy and the classical classroom, and assisted
by UD's world-class undergraduate faculty, the Classical Education Graduate Program
combines the ethos of the University's core curriculum tradition with a concentration on the theory
and practice of classical education, bringing these to working and aspiring classical
school teachers, school administrators, and others both locally and around the country.
Read below for information about special scholarships for Classical Education students.
Gain the wisdom to pass on the knowledge of the classical tradition, whether you are
a teacher, seek to become a headmaster, or desire to pursue advanced graduate studies
while expanding your teaching skills. To meet the needs of busy teachers and administrators,
our courses—including offerings such as "Philosophy of Education," "Classical Quadrivium,"
and "History of Liberal Arts Education"—are offered online during the academic year
and onsite during the summer months.
Designed for the Working Classical School Teacher:
With courses offered online during the school year and in-person during the summer,
working teachers can earn their master's degree or classical teaching certificate
without uprooting their lives or leaving off the important work they're doing in their
communities. Classical education courses are offered at the discounted rate of $435 per credit hour (reduced from the standard Braniff graduate tuition of $685 plus fees). Scholarships can further reduce this cost.
Professional Advancement & Apprenticeship:
The Classical Education Graduate Program provides teachers from various backgrounds
and institutions an opportunity to reflect together on the beauty and splendor of
the Western Tradition. The University of Dallas has lifted up a rallying banner for
– Philip Althage, Headmaster, Great Hearts Irving
Our classical education programs include a flexible practicum component. Under the
direction of a member of our faculty and working with a mentor teacher at the teacher's
own school, a local classical school, or homeschooling coop, classical education students
design and implement a custom project putting the principles learned in the classroom
into practice. In addition to this apprenticeship, classical education students benefit
from connection to our professional network of classical schools, school networks,
and leaders in classical education.
Recognized for Teaching Excellence:
Over the past fifty years, the faculty of University of Dallas have inspired generations
of teachers through their passion and profound knowledge of the classical tradition.
With rigorous liberal arts programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels,
UD’s faculty are among the most accomplished and experienced classical educators in
the country. Meet the classical education faculty and sample an online lecture.
Assistant Professor of Biology Inimary Toby, Ph.D., has spent her summer fighting for the end of COVID-19 by volunteering with the National Scientist Volunteer Database (NSVD) as the Texas State Coordinator and by conducting lab research of the virus with her UD students.
In a mountain range in Italy, Sophia Andaloro, BS '19, investigates dark matter. One of the 2019 Cardinal Spellman recipients at UD, Andaloro received both the 2020 NSF Graduate Fellowship and the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) this past year, her first year in graduate school at Rice University. She is one of five graduate students who will join the NNSA program this fall.
According to a team of University of Dallas juniors, there's an optimal water-to-sand ratio, roughly 6%, along with a borrowed methodology that's endured the test of time dating back to the relics of the Old Kingdom. The students' research, titled "The Best Sandcastles Are Egyptian: Pyramids Reign Supreme," was awarded a Meritorious designation in the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) -- a first in university history.