2007-2008 University of Guelph Graduate Calendar

VIII. Graduate Programs


PhD Program

The University of Guelph offers a program leading to a PhD in philosophy. The aim of the PhD program is to develop philosophers who are well rounded in the traditional areas of study and who have achieved a high level of expertise in their special fields of research.

(The department currently has a PhD program jointly with McMaster and Wilfrid Laurier Universities. With the approval of the Senate of the University, it has applied to the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies for permission to have a stand-alone PhD program. The department can admit students to the new PhD program once it receives approval from the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies). Please contact the department’s Graduate Co-ordinator for further information.)

The program offers supervision in most of the traditional areas of philosophy but the special strengths of the program are in: 1) Continental, Social and Political Philosophy; (2) History of Western Philosophy; (3) Philosophy of Science, Mind and Language.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is restricted to those who have an MA in philosophy, or an outstanding record in undergraduate studies in philosophy. .

Degree Requirements

Students normally will be required to take six courses in philosophy including the doctoral research seminar (PHIL*6960). In special circumstances students may take as few as four courses in philosophy. Students must also demonstrate knowledge in at least five designated fields of study. This may be done by course work, by examination, by thesis or by a suitable combination of these. Students must pass an Oral Qualifying Examination by the end of their fifth semester in the program. Students in the program may be required to demonstrate competence in one or more skills which their advisory committee decides, in consultation with the program officer, is needed for their dissertation (e.g. a language other than English). PhD candidates must submit a thesis of not more than 90,000 words (300 pages).