Philosophy, MA

The MA Program in Philosophy provides the opportunity to work closely with faculty members who (collectively) have expertise in a range of areas in the discipline including:

  • ethics
  • social and political philosophy
  • epistemology
  • aesthetics
  • philosophy of education
  • some periods in the history of philosophy
  • philosophy of science

The program is well-suited for students seeking additional training in philosophy for a variety of reasons including preparation for further study in Philosophy at the doctoral level, intellectual and professional development in preparation for other careers such as law, journalism, or politics and a deeper understanding of philosophical topics for its own sake. Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the Graduate Coordinator, to discuss possible thesis topics prior to applying to the program. 

Admission Requirements

The MA in Philosophy follows the general admission requirements and procedures of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research as outlined in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.  In addition:

  1. Applicants are normally expected to possess a BA Honours in Philosophy, or cognate disciplines.
  2. In addition to all pertinent application materials required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, applicants are asked to submit two samples of written work (8-10 pages each), and a statement of philosophical interests.
  3. The application deadline is March 15th.  Students applying for SSHRC funding must apply to the program by February 1st.
  4. The Philosophy Graduate Studies Committee will review applicants’ files and make recommendations regarding admission to the program.  The Committee must be satisfied that there is a member of the Department able and willing to act as a thesis supervisor.      

Financial Support

Full-time students admitted to the program may be eligible for funding administered by Saint Mary’s University. Funding recommendations are made by the program All successful applicants are automatically considered for graduate funding. Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships funding such as the Canadian Graduate Scholarships Program.