IX. 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 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 are normally required to take between six and ten courses plus the PhD Research Seminar (PHIL*6960). 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 75,000 words (250 pages). More details are available at http://www.uoguelph.ca/philosophy.

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1