Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

MA in Philosophy


Students entering the MA Program typically hold an Honours B.A. in Philosophy, although students trained in related disciplines may be admitted.  They are required to complete, within one year:

1. Coursework. All students are required to complete 3 graduate courses in philosophy (6 half-credit courses), in which they must achieve an overall average of at least 75% to maintain minimal good standing. At least one of the 6 half-credit courses must be in the area of History of Philosophy. At least two others must be in two of the three areas of Value Theory (including moral, political, legal, and social philosophy), Metaphysics and Epistemology (including philosophy of language and mind), and Philosophy of Science (including logic and foundations of mathematics).


2. Summer research project. Under the supervision of a faculty member who has standing in the Philosophy Department’s graduate program, students will produce a paper that will not exceed 10,000 words on a topic agreed upon in consultation with the Graduate Chair and the project supervisor. The project could be based on a paper for a course that was taken and completed in one of the previous two terms. (The paper may not significantly overlap with work done or being done on any course that was taken but not completed in either of the previous two terms.) The paper must show substantive engagement with the topic and with the relevant literature, and must be submitted to the Graduate Program Assistant by the 15th of August. The project supervisor will assign a grade of pass or fail to the work, depending on its quality.


                              MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MA PROGRAM


Year1               Standard               Cumulative course           Other                          Grades

                    Course Load2             completion rate       Requirements

MA Phil.               3                                  3               Summer Research               75% avg.



1 One year = three terms; normally September 1 - August 31.

2 Course load = number of full-year courses required (a total of 3 full-year courses or 6 half-courses)