The Marcus Aurelius School

ignis aurum probat

prepares its graduates to become teachers,
advisers, and leaders in the world community
The Stoic Philosopher

With the fall of the Roman Empire higher education has focused almost exclusively on the acquisition of knowledge while neglecting what is of greater value, wisdom. We have accumulated great libraries full of scholarship, but precious little else. From the ancients we have learned that individuals can grow in wisdom, but where can we go today to learn this? The Marcus Aurelius School addresses this oversight with a special program designed to confirm your commitment to becoming a Stoic philosopher.

Now Taking Applications for the Marcus Aurelius School (hereinafter referred to as the MA School). This is a one-year program of distance learning suitable for working adults. The MA School will help you clarify what lies beyond the theory of past studies into the real world of practice.

Successful Completion of the MA School program will entitle the graduate to a certificate of recognition by the School as a Stoic Philosopher. Upon graduation, and upon recommendation of the faculty, the graduate may enter a fifth term as an Intern. With the Internship, the graduate will become a mentor of two School of Essential Studies students. At the end of one's internship, the successful candidate will become a Fellow of the College of Stoic Philosophers, and the abbreviation, F.C.S.P., may be added after the graduate's name.

The Curriculum
  1. LOGIC (1st term): Dialectic and Argument, working with the rules and tools of effective persuasion
  2. PHYSICS (2nd term): Theology and Cosmology, the final study and practice of Stoic physics
  3. ETHICS (3rd term): Duties and Actions, choosing perfection in the conduct of one's life
  4. PROSOCHĒ (4th term): Attention as the fundamental Stoic attitude as practiced with hypomnemata and meditation
  5. INTERNSHIP (5th term): Upon recommendation of the faculty, the graduate becomes a Mentor
Marcus Aurelius School Terms

Completion of the MA School program is one calendar year comprised of four terms. Each of the four terms is eleven weeks in length, allowing a short break in between. The terms are named and dated as follows:

  1. WINTER: 03 January to 20 March
  2. SPRING: 03 April to 19 June
  3. SUMMER: 03 July to 18 September
  4. FALL: 03 October to 18 December

Students may begin their work on the first day of any term listed above. However, regardless of which term a student begins, the program always starts with Logic, following the classical evolution of information: Logic, Physics, Ethics, and Prosochē.

Admission & Tuition

Applicants who are at least a secondary school graduate and have completed their formal education, with or without a college degree, and who have successfully completed the School of Essential Studies (SES) course will be considered. Your mentor will be contacted for his or her recommendation. For admission, please email Erik Wiegardt at with your name, DOB, Mentor's name, and Date of SES Completion. If accepted, you will be asked for a tuition of $100 USD per term to be paid via the Tuition page. Once tuition has been received, you will be officially registered as a student and a Tutor will be assigned.

Assignments & Seminars

All assignments will be received and returned in Open Office format. If you do not have Open Office (OO) you may download it free at: Open Office is the MA School standard for word processing so that we can all readily exchange files. Seminars are conducted by Skype video to maximize interactions between student and Tutor. To install Skype free go to:

Ian Campbell
Chris Fisher
Mark Karet
Dirk Mahling
Kevin Patrick Jr
Brendan Petroff
Greg Rowden
Marije van Wieringen
Erik Wiegardt

Regarding the symbol and motto above: Athena, goddess of wisdom, is the patron of the College of Stoic Philosophers. On her helmet she wore the griffin, mythological protector of the gods, chosen as the symbolic representation of the MA School. Our motto, ignis aurum probat, is Latin for "fire tests gold." That is, a noble character is refined by adversity.

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