Legal Status

In the Federal Republic of Germany, the right to hold the academic qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Magister Artium, Dr. phil. and Dr. phil. habil. is obtained by passing the relevant examination in accordance with the rules enacted by the university in agreement with the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts. All of these qualifications have the same significance as those awarded by the state universities. The Munich School of Philosophy is officially recognized as a non-state, academic university in the sense of Art. 76–85 BayHSchG (Bavarian University and College Act).

By virtue of the decrees of Sacra Congregation pro Institutione Catholica, Rome, of 7 June and 28 October 1971, as well as the approval of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts by notice from 24 September 1971 and 17 November 1972, the Munich School of Philosophy is open to all students with higher education entrance qualification and can award the students with Baccalaureate in Philosophy and the academic qualifications Magister Artium in Philosophy (corresponds to the ecclesiastical licentiate) and Dr. phil. according to the relevant requirements.

On 24 July 1990, the Bavarian State Parliament awarded the Munich School of Philosophy the right to confer post-doctorates. On 24 July 2009, the Munich School of Philosophy’s recognition by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts was changed to the effect that the Bachelor of Arts can also be conferred as an academic degree in the future. Since 19 June 2012, the Munich School of Philosophy can also award the title Master of Arts. With this, the Baccalaureate and Magister programs are being phased out.

The state-recognized and canonical programs of study Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Master of Arts in Philosophy (consecutive) were accredited for the first time by the accreditation agency AKAST until 30 September 2019. The state-recognized postgraduate study course Master of Arts in Ethics was also accredited for the first time until 30 September 2019 by the accreditation agency ACQUIN.

In the Federal Republic of Germany, the right to hold the academic qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Magister Artium, Dr. phil. and Dr. phil. habil. is obtained by passing the relevant examination in accordance with the rules enacted by the university in agreement with the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts. All of these qualifications have the same significance as those awarded by the state universities. The Munich School of Philosophy is officially recognized as a non-state, academic university in the sense of Art. 76–85 BayHSchG (Bavarian University and College Act).

Statutes of the School of Philosophy (PDF, German)